Maryland Child Welfare Agency Had Statutory Power to Investigate Suspected Abuse of Nonresident Child

Vol 30 No 4

David N. v. St. Mary’s County Dep’t of Soc. Servs., 2011 WL 1204768 (Md. Ct. App.).


A Maryland child welfare agency had a statutory duty to investigate a report of suspected abuse of a four-year-old girl alleged to have occurred in Maryland, even though the girl was a Virginia resident. Maryland’s child abuse and neglect reporting and investigation statutes can be read to give child welfare and law enforcement agencies power to investigate reports of suspected abuse or neglect occurring in Maryland involving a nonresident child. This interpretation furthers the legislature’s goal of protecting all children from abuse and neglect.

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