Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - South Dakota

Date: February 2019

Failure to Report

Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 26-8A-3; 26-8A-4; 26-8A-6; 26-8A-7

Any mandatory reporter who knowingly and intentionally fails to make the required report is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. This provision includes the following:

  • Reports that must be made to the coroner when the reporter suspects that a child has died as a result of abuse or neglect
  • Reports that are required of hospital staff
  • Reports that are required of staff of public or private schools

False Reporting

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.