HOUSE BILL No. 1224
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
IC 31-33-6-1; IC 35-46-1-14.5.
Synopsis: Reporting crimes against children. Makes it a Class D
felony for a person who believes or has reason to believe that a child is
the victim of a violent crime to fail to immediately report the crime to
the local child protection service or local law enforcement agency.
Specifies that the reporting requirement does not apply to the reporting
of reasonable corporal punishment. Provides that a person making the
report in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability.
Effective: July 1, 2000.
January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.
Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1224
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 31-33-6-1; (00)IN1224.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 31-33-6-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 1. Except as provided
in section 2 of this chapter, a person, other than a person accused of
child abuse or neglect, who:
(1) makes or causes to be made a report of a child who may be a
victim of child abuse or neglect;
(2) is a health care provider and detains a child for purposes of
causing photographs, x-rays, or a physical medical examination
to be made under IC 31-33-10;
(3) makes any other report of a child who may be a victim of child
abuse and neglect;
(4) participates in any judicial proceeding or other proceeding:
(A) resulting from a report that a child may be a victim of
child abuse or neglect; or
(B) relating to the subject matter of the report; or
(5) reports the facts supporting the person's belief or reason
to believe that a child is the victim of a violent crime, as
required by IC 35-46-1-14.5;
is immune from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be
imposed because of such actions.
SOURCE: IC 35-46-1-14.5; (00)IN1224.1.2. -->
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 14.5. (a) This section does not
require a person to report the use of reasonable corporal
punishment by a parent, guardian, or custodian when disciplining
(b) As used in this section, "child" means a person who is less
than eighteen (18) years of age.
(c) As used in this section, "violent crime" has the meaning set
forth in IC 5-2-6.1-8.
(d) A person who:
(1) believes or has reason to believe that a child is the victim
of a violent crime; and
(2) fails to immediately report the facts supporting the belief
to the local child protection service or a local law enforcement
agency having jurisdiction over the crime;
commits a Class D felony.
(e) A person acting in good faith who makes a report of the facts
supporting the person's belief or reason to believe that a child is
the victim of a violent crime, as required by this section, is immune
from any civil or criminal liability in accordance with