Naomi Whitecrow, a beautiful 2-year old Native American Child who belonged to The Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribes died in the custody of her second foster parent, Amy L. Holder in Logan County, OK on January 20, 2009.
Forensics experts were called in to investigate and determined the child died of blunt force injury to the head, abdomen and extremities. Autopsy photographs showed multiple marks, injuries and scars throughout her body, according to an affidavit.
Amy Holder, was found guilty of felony child abuse to Naomi Whitecrow in November, 2011.
The jury’s recommended punishment? A $5,000 fine.
Is that what the life of a Native American child is worth? We believe a child's life is worth more than $5,000.
We are asking Oklahoma lawmakers to protect other Native American children like Naomi by passing Naomi’s Law, which would require a minimum of five years in prison for any conviction of felony child abuse. It would also allow judges to change sentences should they not feel that the jury recommendation is enough.
Native American families deserve justice and the same rights to the service and protection from law enforcement in their towns, counties, and states.
Please sign and share this petition and help us honor and remember Naomi.
Naomi’s Law Reads:
Any parent or other person who shall willfully or maliciously engage in child abuse shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony punishable by a MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS IN PRISON UP TO LIFE AND/OR BY A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN $5,000 NOR MORE THAN $10,000. As used in this subsection, “child abuse” means the willful or malicious abuse, as defined by paragraph 1 of subsection B of Section 7102 of this title, of a child under eighteen (18) years of age by another, or the act of willfully or maliciously injuring, torturing or maiming a child under eighteen (18) years of age by another.
Where the jury finds a verdict of guilty, and fails to agree on the punishment to be inflicted or does not declare such punishment by their verdict, the court shall assess and declare the punishment and render the judgment accordingly. IN ALL CASES WHERE A JURY FINDS A VERDICT OF GUILTY THE PRESIDING JUDGE MAY AND CAN INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT ABOVE THE PUNISHMENT RENDERED BY A JURY.
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