KSC, TITLE 16. FAMILY AND MINORS
Chapter 12. Child
Section 16.1201. Definitions.
In this chapter:
(1) "Abuse" means a case in which a minor exhibits evidence of skin bruising, bleeding, sexual molestation, burns, fracture of bone, subdural hematoma, soft-tissue swelling, and the condition or death is not justifiably explained, the history given concerning the condition or death is at variance with the degree or type of the condition or death, or the circumstances indicate that the condition or death may not be the product of an accidental occurrence.
(2) "Person" includes a physician, dentist, intern, health assistant, medex, nurse, practical nurse, schoolteacher, school official, day care worker, or police officer.
A person examining, attending, teaching or
treating a minor and having reason to believe that the minor has had serious
injury or injuries, either physical or mental, inflicted upon him as a result of
abuse, reports the matter promptly to the Office of the Attorney General, or in
the case of a Department of Health Services employee, to the Director who
promptly makes the report to the Office of the Attorney General. If the
person attending a child is a school teacher or other school official, he
reports the abuse to his supervisor who promptly reports to the Office of the
Attorney General. The report is in writing, whether initially or following
an initial oral report, and states the minor's name, age, address, and parents
or other person known to be responsible for the minor and the nature and extent
of the minor's injuries, including evidence of previous injuries, and other
information which the maker of the report believes might be helpful in
establishing the cause of the injuries and the identity of the person
responsible for the abuse.
Section 16.1203. Immunity.
A person participating in good faith in the
making of a report pursuant to this chapter is immune from civil and criminal
liability arising from the making of the report and with respect to oral,
written or other evidence he provides concerning the report in a judicial