2017 Arkansas Code
Title 12 - Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, and Military Affairs
Subtitle 2 - Law Enforcement Agencies and Programs
Chapter 18 - Child Maltreatment Act
Subchapter 7 - Investigative Findings
§ 12-18-702. Investigative determination

Universal Citation: AR Code § 12-18-702 (2017)
  • Upon completion of an investigation under this chapter, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Arkansas State Police shall determine whether the allegations of child maltreatment are:
    • (1)
      • (A) Unsubstantiated.
      • (B) An unsubstantiated determination shall be entered when the allegation is not supported by a preponderance of the evidence;
    • (2)
      • (A) True.
      • (B) A true determination shall be entered when the allegation is supported by a preponderance of the evidence.
      • (C) A determination of true but exempted, which means that the offender's name shall not be placed in the Child Maltreatment Central Registry, shall be entered if:
        • (i) A parent practicing his or her religious beliefs does not, for that reason alone, provide medical treatment for a child, but in lieu of treatment the child is being furnished with treatment by spiritual means alone, through prayer, in accordance with a recognized religious method of healing by an accredited practitioner;
        • (ii) The offender is an underaged juvenile offender;
        • (iii) The report was true for neglect as defined under § 12-18-103(14)(B); or
        • (iv) The offender is a juvenile less than fourteen (14) years of age; or
    • (3)
      • (A) Inactive.
      • (B) If the investigation cannot be completed, the investigation shall be determined incomplete and placed in inactive status.
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