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Is there a law for punishing a kid by withholding food?

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December 18, 2014 2:59AM

Child abuse laws in all US states includes the broad category of "neglect". Withholding food as punishment is not only indirect physical abuse, but also neglect and emotional abuse. If you know a child whose parents use food as punishment, you should report this to the authorities. All children deserve to have their needs met. It is a parent's responsibility to feed and nourish a child. This includes access to fluids / drinks.