Battered Child Law and Legal Definition
A battered child is a child who is a victim of physical or sexual abuse. Such abuse may be from any adult with whom the child has contact. The abuser could be a parent, a relative, an older sibling, a babysitter, a caretaker, a family friend, a parent's romantic partner, or anyone else. Some children are abused by several people.
The abuse may be in the form of physical violence, sexual abuse, or verbal abuse. A battered child may experience multiple injuries of non-accidental nature. Non-accidental injuries are not injuries resulting from the everyday life and activities of a child but those often seen where children have been severely punished [Hall v. State, 15 Ark. App. 309, 313-314 (Ark. Ct. App. 1985)].
Battered children often experience battered child syndrome. Internal injuries, cuts, burns, bruises, and broken or fractured bones are all possible results of battered child syndrome.
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Related Legal Terms
- Abused Child
- Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
- Administration for Children and Families
- Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
- Adopted Child
- Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
- Adult Child With a Disability
- After-Born Child
- Aggravated Sexual Assault Against a Child
- Aid to Families With Dependent Children AFDC