Harsher Penalties for Child Abusers

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On November 17th, 2017 I found out my husband was abusing my 3 month old son. He had 5 fractures, some fresh, some dating back a month. Thankfully, the two blows to the face that caused bruising under his eyes did not cause any brain damage. He has been charged with Class B Felony Child Abuse, and has a Change of Plea hearing set for May 29th, 2018.

Since this has happened, I have been appalled to learn that many child abuse offenders do not serve jail time. I have filed for divorce, and my soon to be ex-husband has been awarded interim parenting time with the infant he systemically abused for over a month. The only thing preventing parenting time from being carried out at this juncture is a criminal no contact order.

At sentencing, I will be reading a victims impact statement and giving my opinion on an appropriate sentence. I will be asking for 5 years in prison, and 5 years of a continued no contact order and probation. I want him to be labeled a felon, as he too deserves life long consequences. I will also advocate for a full mental health evaluation, and anger management classes.

Ultimately, the judge at his sentencing hearing will decide his fate. Help me demonstrate that as a community of his constituents, we are sick of light penalties for child abusers. I implore him to impose a sentence that sends an unmistakable message to those who perpetrate crimes against children that the justice system will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

Please sign this petition, and share with those you know who want a voice in protecting children.

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