What are the Child Abuse Laws in Michigan?

By Brian Prain

Child abuse laws in the state of Michigan are defined by degrees, with the first degree child abuse being the most serious charge which can result in life in prison.

If a defendant is facing the charge of first-degree child abuse in Michigan it is the burden of the prosecutor to prove each of the following conditions without a reasonable doubt:

To begin, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant is the parent or guardian of the child that has been allegedly abused; or, that the defendant was in custody of the child at the time the abuse occurred, regardless of the duration of time the child was cared for by, in custody of, or under the authority of that person.

Next, is the prosecutor’s duty to prove that the defendant knowingly or intentionally harmed the child in a physical and serious manner.

Serious physical home means any physical injury to a child that seriously impairs the child’s health or physical well-being. This includes, but its not limited to brain damage, a skull or bone fracture, subdural hemorrhage or hematoma, dislocation, sprain, internal injury, poisoning, burn or scald, or a severe cut.

Serious mental harm means an injury to a child’s mental condition to the point that a visible sign of impairment in the child’s judgment or behavior is revealed.

Lastly, the prosecutor must prove that the child was under the age of 18 when the abuse occurred.

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