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The text of each of these eight statutes is set forth below.

1. Arkansas

“A person required by this chapter to make a report of child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment to the Child Abuse Hotline who purposely fails to do so is civilly liable for damages proximately caused by that failure.” Arkansas Code § 12-18-206.

2. Colorado

Any person who is a mandatory reporter of child abuse and who willfully fails to report known or reasonably suspected incidents of abuse “shall be liable for damages proximately caused thereby.” Colorado Statutes § 19-3-304(4)(b).

3. Iowa

“Any person, official, agency or institution, required . . . to report a suspected case of child abuse who knowingly fails to do so or who knowingly interferes with the making of such a report . . . is civilly liable for the damages proximately caused by such failure or interference.” Iowa Code § 232.75(2).

Posted: September 6, 2019

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