Dominick’s Law gets approval

The Michigan House last week gave final approval to legislation known as “Dominick’s Law,” which will strengthen penalties for child abuse in Michigan and create penalties for a situation of abuse occurring in front of other people.

The legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Matt Lori and Joseph Graves, are in memory of a 4-year old boy from the Flint area who was beaten to death in 2010, in the presence of his older brother.

House Bills 5562 and 5563 establish penalties for committing child abuse in the presence of another child, which is not currently considered an element of the crime.

The legislation also strengthens penalties for first- and second-degree child abuse, creating additional penalties for additional offenses of child abuse.

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