View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
View of the Reno Sparks night skyline from Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

What is child abuse and neglect?
Nevada law defines several types of child abuse and neglect: Physical Injury (NRS 432B.090): A non-accidental injury to a child including bruises, cuts, bite marks, burns and broken bones. Mental Injury (NRS 432B.070): An injury to a child`s intellectual, psychological or emotional condition causing impairment of a child`s normal range of performance or behavior. Sexual Abuse or Exploitation (NRS 432B.100 & 432B.110): Any sexual activity with a child, including fondling and lewdness, or encouraging or allowing a child to view pornographic material or engage in prostitution or pornography. Negligent Treatment or Maltreatment (NRS 432B.140): Failure to provide a child with proper care, control or supervision, food, education, shelter or medical care. This includes leaving a young child alone or with someone who cannot or does not properly care for a child.

A parent or guardian is responsible for the abuse or neglect of a child if he or she causes or allows the abuse or neglect.