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Tort/Negligence – Child Abuse – Photo Development – Reporter’s Statute – Common Law Duty (access required)

Doe v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. As we held in Doe v. Marion, 373 S.C. 390, 645 S.E.2d 245 (2007), there is no private right of action for failing to report suspected or known child abuse under the Reporter’s Statute, S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-310(A). Moreover, defendant Wal-Mart had no common-law duty to protect an abused child, nor did Wal-Mart’s internal policies about developing photographs - or their violation - create such a duty. We affirm summary judgment for Wal-Mart.

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