Saturday, January 12, 2008

13-3623. Child or vulnerable adult abuse; emotional abuse; classification; exceptions; definitions PART 2

F. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Abuse", when used in reference to a child, means abuse as defined in section 8-201, except for those acts in the definition that are declared unlawful by another statute of this title and, when used in reference to a vulnerable adult, means:
(a) Intentional infliction of physical harm.
(b) Injury caused by criminally negligent acts or omissions.
(c) Unlawful imprisonment, as described in section 13-1303.
(d) Sexual abuse or sexual assault.
2. "Child" means an individual who is under eighteen years of age.
3. "Emotional abuse" means a pattern of ridiculing or demeaning a vulnerable adult, making derogatory remarks to a vulnerable adult, verbally harassing a vulnerable adult or threatening to inflict physical or emotional harm on a vulnerable adult.
4. "Physical injury" means the impairment of physical condition and includes any skin bruising, pressure sores, bleeding, failure to thrive, malnutrition, dehydration, burns, fracture of any bone, subdural hematoma, soft tissue swelling, injury to any internal organ or any physical condition that imperils health or welfare.
5. "Serious physical injury" means physical injury that creates a reasonable risk of death or that causes serious or permanent disfigurement, serious impairment of health or loss or protracted impairment of the function of any bodily organ or limb.
6. "Vulnerable adult" means an individual who is eighteen years of age or older and who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect or