Effective December 1, 2019, any person who is at least 18 years old who knows or should have reasonably known that a juvenile has been or is the victim of a violent offense, sexual offense or misdemeanor child abuse under N.C.G.S. §14-318.2must immediately report the case of that juvenile to the appropriate law enforcement agency in the county where the juvenile lives or is found. (N.C.G.S. §14-318.6)The report may be made orally or by telephone. Failure to report the offense as directed above is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the person reports the offense in good faith, cooperates with law enforcement in an investigation, or testifies in any judicial proceeding pursuant to a report or investigation, he or she is immune from any civil or criminal liability.
Safe Surrender Law
North Carolina’s Safe Surrender Law allows a parent to surrender a newborn up to seven days old to a responsible adult without the parent providing his or her name. These adults include a health care provider, law enforcement officer, social service worker or emergency medical personnel. The baby must be handed over to a person, not left on a doorstep. The law’s purpose is to prevent newborns from being hurt or abandoned.