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Gov. Snyder Signs 'Dominick's Law' to Strengthen Child Abuse Penalties

The law, named in memory of Dominick Calhoun, strengthens penalties for child abuse in Michigan and creates penalties for abuse committed in the presence of another.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation known as '' Tuesday strengthening penalties for child abuse in Michigan and adding penalties for abuse in front of another individual.

The bills, sponsored by state Reps. Joseph Graves and Matt Lori, are in memory of , a 4-year old from Argentine Township who was , in the presence of his older brother.

"Today we strengthen child abuse penalties in Michigan and honor Dominick Calhoun's memory while making Michigan a safer place for children to grow up," said Graves, R-Argentine Township.  "While nothing will bring Dominick back, he will forever be remembered for helping protect all Michigan children from child abuse, and that will not be forgotten."

Nearly a dozen family and friends of were in attendance today at the bill signing in Lansing.

House Bills 5562 and 5563, now Public Acts 194 and 195 of 2012, establish penalties for committing child abuse in the presence of another child, which was not previously considered a component of the crime.

"Child abuse will not be tolerated in Michigan and that became official today with the signing of 'Dominick's Law'," said Lori, R-Constantine. "Giving law enforcement the tools to properly punish child abuse is the best way we can honor Dominick's memory, and hopefully bring closure to the Calhoun family." 

Under the new laws, penalties for first- and second-degree child abuse also are strengthened, creating additional penalties for additional offenses of child abuse

*Information provide by Michigan House Republicans.

Becky Joe June 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Yeah!!!! Thank you to the Family of sweet precious Dominick for making this happen.
stephanie pytlowanyj June 27, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Amen! It's about time more was done to protect the innocent children.
Greg Martin June 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
good it's about time someone did something

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