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Colorado law spells out the lack of gray area on child abuse

Re: “There is no gray area on child abuse,” Dec. 29 guest commentary.

Stephanie Villafuerte is absolutely right that there is no gray area on child abuse. In fact, Colorado state statutes (C.R.S. 19-1-103 and 18-6-401) address abuse simply as an “act or omission.” This is starkly different than other criminal codes where “willful intent” and “maliciousness” must be proven (the gray area). Not only that, “neglect” is treated tantamount to “abuse.” Our district attorneys need to be reminded of this and let police enforce the legislative intent of this nuance. I’ve seen a fair amount of institutional neglect in the past decade and our DAs don’t take issue with it.

Steve Fisher, Denver

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