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WHEN CHILDREN LIVE IN A DIRTY HOUSE WITH BUGS AND NO SHEETS

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WHEN CHILDREN LIVE IN A DIRTY HOUSE WITH BUGS AND NO SHEETS ON A BED FOR 1 MONTH IS THIS ABUSE. ALSO THERE IS NOTHING BUT YELLING GOING ON AND BLAMING THE KIDS FOR EVERYTHING THAT GOES WRONG.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Roger replied 5 years ago.

Hi - my name is Kirk and I'm a Family Law litigation attorney here to assist you.

 

California law defines child abuse as (1) physical injury inflicted on a child by another person, (2) sexual abuse, or (3) emotional abuse.

 

California law defines child neglect as negligent treatment which threatens the child's health or welfare. The different types of child abuse/neglect can be categorized as follows:

  • Sexual abuse is the victimization of a child by sexual activities, including molestation, indecent exposure, fondling, rape, and incest.
  • Physical abuse is bodily injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child, including willful cruelty, unjustifiable punishment, or corporal punishment.
  • Emotional abuse is nonphysical mistreatment, resulting in disturbed behavior by the child, such as severe withdrawal or hyperactivity. Emotional abuse includes willfully causing any child to suffer, inflicting mental suffering, or endangering a child's emotional well-being.
  • General neglect is the negligent failure of a parent/guardian or caretaker to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, or supervision where no physical injury to the child has occurred.
  • Severe neglect refers to those situations of neglect where the child's health is endangered, including severe malnutrition.
  • Exploitation means forcing or coercing a child into performing activities that are beyond the child's capabilities or which are illegal or degrading, including sexual exploitation.

http://www.lao.ca.gov/1996/010596_child_abuse/cw11096a.html

 

Thus, what you've described above is likely child neglect. You can notify your local Child Welfare Service office and seek help for the children to get them out of this unhealthy environment.