General Child Abuse/Neglect Articles
Children (under age 18) are deemed to be "in the need of assistance" if there is apparent abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect by a caretaker.
Maryland law makes it a crime to fail to provide for children in your care.
In Maryland, a child under the age of 8 years may not be left unattended at home, at school, or in a car. Effective October 1, 2013, when a parent or permanent custodian becomes aware that a child under the age of 13 has gone missing, that person must notify appropriate law enforcement within 24 hours, and when a parent or permanent custodian becomes aware that a minor has died, that person must notify appropriate law enforcement or medical authority within 5 hours.