Child Abuse Charges
If you treat a child in an inhumane or cruel manner resulting in any injury, even minor, you may be charged with child abuse. An example of child abuse would be striking a child hard enough to cause bruising. This can even apply to teenagers.
Penalties for Child Abuse
The penalties can be strict for child abuse. It can charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the case. For a misdemeanor, it can result in up to 1 year in jail. Felony child abuse can lead to 2-6 years in prison.