New bill hopes to impose harsh punishment for those who fail to report child abuse

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:30am

BATON ROUGE, LA --- A bill that would require all citizens to report abuse is making its way through the legislature.

If SB 4 passes, people could get up to three years behind bars if they don't report the crime. The bill's author knows it’s tough to sell, but he says it’s also necessary to protect Louisiana’s kids.

"If my child is being abused by a neighbor and my neighbor's spouse is being abused and my neighbor's spouse knows my child is being abused, I understand the difficult circumstances, but they need to do the right thing,” Sen. Jean-Paul Morrell (D) New Orleans, explained.

Right now some of the people required to report abuse include social workers, law enforcement officers and teachers.

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