General Statute 7B-101(15) defines a neglected child as any juvenile who does not receive proper care, supervision, or discipline from the juvenile's parent, guardian or caretaker; or who is abandoned, or not provided necessary medical care, or who lives in an environment injurious to the juvenile's welfare, or who has been placed for care or adoption in violation of the law.
Proper Care & Supervision
Any child whose parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker fails to meet the child's basic needs or any serious disregard for a juvenile's supervision, care or discipline. It is not necessary for a child to suffer physical harm or be threatened with physical harm in order to be neglected.
A child is considered to be neglected if the child is deprived of the opportunity for normal growth and development by not having "necessary medical care" and "necessary remedial care."
Placing a child illegally for care or adoption.
Discipline by a parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker that causes relatively mild, if any, physical symptoms that are not severe enough to constitute abuse, including marks, bruises, welts, etc.