Child Abuse

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The Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s office handles cases involving juveniles as both offenders and victims of neglect and abuse.  (See our Juvenile page for more information.) District Attorney Montgomery is committed to seeking results that are in the best interest of the children who appear before the court, both offenders and victims, but also protecting the safety of the community. The Child Abuse Division protects the interests of juvenile victims of neglect and abuse in Child In Need Of Care (CINC) cases brought in the Juvenile Court. Except in limited circumstances, juvenile matters are confidential and proceedings are closed.

Contact

Collin Sims, Chief of Criminal

Email:  DAMontgomery@22DA.org attention Child Abuse

St. Tammany – (985) 809-8325
Washington – (985) 839-6711

Acts Against Juveniles as Victims of Abuse and Neglect
FAQs
Helpful Links

ACTS AGAINST JUVENILES AS VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Child abuse cases are singularly difficult to prosecute. No other type of case presents such consistently complex psychological and social dynamics. No other type of case so often requires the assistant district attorney to go to trial with a child as the most crucial witness.  Child abuse victims face unique challenges.  In the vast majority of these cases the offender is a trusted authority figure – family member, friend, neighbor, babysitter, clergy member, scout master or teacher – who physically or sexually abuses a child dependent on that person. And unlike victims of most other crimes, child victims of abuse are sometimes castigated as villains by family members and friends who hold them responsible for shattering the family structure.

The specifics of a child abuse investigation depend on the type of report alleged, such as physical, sexual, kidnapping, luring/enticing, internet crimes, endangering or neglect; the child’s age and ability to communicate, and how soon the report is received after an abuse incident.

FAQs

What should I do if I suspect child abuse and/or neglect?

At what age can a child be left home alone?

Is it a crime to leave a kid alone in a parked car?

What is considered child abuse and neglect in Louisiana? How does Louisiana define child abuse and neglect?

What are the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect?

What/When is Child Abuse Prevention Month?

What are the signs or symptoms of child abuse or neglect?

Can I make an anonymous report of abuse?

LINKS

Department of Children and Family Services – here and here

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