Emily L. Evett

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Georgia's mandatory reporting statute requires twenty-six professionals, including teachers, to report any suspected child abuse to proper authorities. Even though the statute seemingly requires these professionals to report all child abuse, even if they have no professional relationship with the child, no Georgia appellate court had ever addressed the question of whether there must be a professional relationship established for a duty to report abuse to develop. In May v. State, a 2014 opinion, the Georgia Supreme Court clarified that although it is unclear from the lack of case law how trial courts have interpreted the statute, the correct interpretation only requires professionals to report child abuse of children to whom they "attend" in direct connection with their employment as listed in the mandatory reporting statute.

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