Great post. Indeed, your scenario presents a possible case of child abuse. In New York, the law requires the mandated reporter to report any suspected case of child abuse even if they do not have all the information. The requirement for filing a report is a reasonable cause of suspicion. In this case, the injuries and the changing stories meet the criteria. The first step is to make a telephone call to Hi Maria, New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). This is following by completing the written reporting form within 48 hours after making of the call. The form is submitted to the local department of social services. The local department will send a CPS caseworker to begin the investigation immediately. The caseworker will explore the childs condition at home and take steps including removing the child if need be.