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Physical Abuse

According to Arkansas state law physical abuse is the non-accidental physical injury or an injury at variance with the history given. This includes throwing, kicking, burning, biting, shooting or cutting a child, striking a child with a closed fist, shaking a child, or striking a child in the face. Even if there is no injury, physical abuse includes:

  • Striking a child age six or younger in the face
  • Shaking a child age 3 or younger
  • Interfering with a child's breathing. Other indicators are patterned injuries, welts or bruises from instruments used to hit a child (like belts, cords, hangers, etc.).
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