Last week a mother was charged with murder as well as the Nevada crime of child abuse in connection with her one-year-old son's death a year and a half ago. The mother claims to have taken her son to a UMC Quick Care prior to his death, but investigators found no record of this visit. She's currently incarcerated at the Clark County Detention Center.
The Nevada crime of child abuse occurs when someone endangers, neglects, or inflicts physical, mental or sexual abuse on a child under eighteen years old. Typical defenses to child abuse charges are that the child had an innocent accident, or that the defendant was acting in self-defense.
Another defense is that the child made up the abuse allegations in order to "get back at" the defendant, and sometimes the child will even wound themselves to back up the story.