19-16-39 Statements alleging child abuse or neglect.
Statements alleging child abuse or neglect.
An out-of-court statement not otherwise
admissible by statute or rule of evidence is admissible in evidence in any civil proceeding alleging
child abuse or neglect or any proceeding for termination of parental rights if:
The statement was made by a child under the age of thirteen years or by a child thirteen
years of age or older who is developmentally disabled, as defined in § 27B-1-18;
The statement alleges, explains, denies, or describes:
Any act of sexual penetration or contact performed with or on the child;
Any act of sexual penetration or contact with or on another child observed by the
child making the statement;
Any act of physical abuse or neglect of the child by another; or
Any act of physical abuse or neglect of another child observed by the child making
The court finds that the time, content, and circumstances of the statement and the
reliability of the person to whom the statement is made provide sufficient indicia of
The proponent of the statement notifies other parties of an intent to offer the statement
and the particulars of the statement sufficiently in advance of the proceeding at which the
proponent intends to offer the statement into evidence, to provide the parties with a fair
opportunity to meet the statement.
For purposes of this section, an out-of-court statement includes a video, audio, or other recorded
Source: SL 1992, ch 154, § 1; SL 2011, ch 110, § 1.