Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, either through action or failure to act, causes injury, serious risk of injury, emotional harm or death to a child. Abuse and maltreatment of children can take many forms, including neglect, physical injury, sexual assault, exploitation and emotional abuse.
At Kronzek & Cronkright, we believe passionately in a parent's right to raise their children without interference from the government. We have many years of experience defending those accused of child abuse, and we can help you too. Below we have provided a list of the different forms that child abuse can take, and also some of the more common types of abuse.
Physical abuse is abuse that a child sustains to the body. This can include beating, burning, whipping, hitting, kicking and biting. But it also includes intentional deprivations of the things a child needs to survive. In this way, denying a child food and water, a bed to sleep in, or clothes to wear could constitute physical abuse. Read more here.
Sexual abuse of a child refers to any form of sexual assault performed by an adult against a child. This can include statutory rape, molestation, solicitation of a minor, attempt to commit criminal sexual conduct, and indecent exposure. If convicted, a person can spend many years in prison and also be required to register as a sex offender. Read more here.
Emotional abuse of a child is when a parent, caregiver, or person in a position of authority abuses a child psychologically, mentally or emotionally. It usually takes the form of verbal assaults, name calling, threats, terrorizing, coercion and shaming. It is the hardest form of abuse to detect, but often has the most destructive effect on a child's development and self esteem. Read more here.
Spanking refers to the practice of striking one's child, usually on the bottom, as a method of discipline. While Michigan law allows a parent to spank their child "using reasonable force", many parents have faced criminal charges as a result of simply trying to discipline their children. Read more here.
Child On Child Abuse
Child on Child Abuse takes place when one child harms, molests, sexually assaults or exploits another child. In these cases, very often an adult is subsequently blamed for the abuse. This type of abuse usually happens within families between siblings. However, it has been known to occur between foster children in foster homes, and even in schools. Read more here.
Unexplained injuries are when a child has sustained an injury for which there is no explanation. Or, if there is an explanation, it doesn't fit with the nature or extent of the injury. In cases like this the police and CPS tend to assume that the parent is lying to cover their abuse of the child. Unexplained injuries on children often result in criminal investigations and allegations of abuse. Read more here.
Neglect of a child occurs when a parent or caregiver does not provide for that child's basic needs. These include adequate shelter, food and water, and clothing. However this can also include neglecting to provide necessary medical care and education for a child. Read more here.
Child Endangerment refers to something that a parent or caregiver does that puts a child at risk of harm, even if the child is not harmed in any way as a result. This is usually used in Operating While Intoxicated cases, where an intoxicated adult drives drunk with an underaged minor in the vehicle. This is referred to as OWI Child Endangerment. Read more here.
Infants with injuries often lead to parents who are facing child abuse charges. Because infants do not injure themselves, and are wholly reliant on parents and caregivers to care for and protect them, any injuries are automatically assumed to be the fault of the adult providing care. Even if there is a perfectly reasonable accounting of what happened to cause the injury, or if the parent truly has no idea what happened, they are likely to be investigated for child abuse. Read more here.
Burn injuries on children, especially those resulting from immersion in hot liquid, scalding and contact with very hot items, are usually considered to be suspicious by medical staff. A parent seeking medical help for a child with a burn injury should expect to be subjected to great scrutiny, and possibly allegations of abuse. Read more here.
Defense Against Allegations Of Abuse
Being accused of abusing a child is one of the most awful things that could happen to anyone. Whether you are a parent accused of harming one of your own children, a teacher accused of hurting a student, or a caregiver blamed for assaulting one of the little ones in your care, the fear and shame can be overwhelming.
But you don't have to face this alone. Our tenacious child abuse defense team offers parents the benefit of a cutting edge defense against all types of allegations and charges. The world is full of overzealous prosecutors, police, and Children's Protective Services workers, all of whom are only too happy to tear your family apart in the name of one more victory in court.
You need to make sure you have an aggressive trial attorney who is willing to stand up to the prosecution and law enforcement. An attorney who is not afraid to fight aggressively, without pause, for you and your family. Don't wait, and don't entrust your family's future to an inexperienced or timid attorney. You need Kronzek & Cronkright. Call us today.
You owe it to yourself to see what a truly professional law firm can do for you. Contact us. We accept cases in all counties in Michigan, with our principal practice being in the lower peninsula. If you need a good child abuse defense, we can help. Call (866) 346-5879. Contact Us
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