What is Child Abuse?
Child Abuse meaning “Child Abuse” means any of the following: (a) A physical injury which is inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person. (b) The sexual abuse of a child or any act or omission proscribed by Penal Code, Section 273(a). c) The neglect of a child or abuse in out-of-home care, as defined in Section 11165.3, Penal Code. (d) The willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of a child, as defined in Section 11165.3, Penal Code. (e) The unlawful corporal punishment or injury of a child, as defined in Section 11165.4, Penal Code. (f) The emotional or mental abuse of a child.
reference: California Department of Child Services