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Child Neglect:

Failure to provide reasonably necessary care to a child.

Neglect is often classified as a form of child abuse

The idea of age appropriateness is often used in definitions of child neglect.  For example, a teen may reasonably be left home alone for a few hours, but to leave a toddler home alone for a few hours amounts to neglect.  

Last Updated:  7/9/2015   

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