Child-abuse will not be deterred with little to light sentences for the abusers. It is time for a change in regards to child abuse cases in the state of Kentucky.
Please support KY Bill HB168
Conner A Bachuss
Sept. 20, 2008-Dec. 10, 2010
Bill HB168 "Conner's Law" is currently stalled at the Kentucky Judiciary Committee. This bill is stemmed from the murder of Conner Bachuss.
I am Mashanna Bachuss, and Conner Bachuss's mother. My nightmare began on December 5, 2010, and still continues on today. I am still in shock that Conner's murder has been labeled as a non-violent crime, and Ronald H Saunders a non-violent offender. The evidence to prove this was a violent crime was overwhelming.
Conner was abused in the early morning on December 5th in Paducah, KY. He was airlifted to Kosairs Children's Hospital in Louisville. Conner then spent the next 5 days hanging on and suffering. He had seizures, hypertension, and a slue of other problems. On December 9th we were informed of the MRI results that Conner had extensive brain damaged that included brain stem damaged. I was told he would most likely never regain consciousness. I was then asked permission to turn off Conner's life support and let him rest. I agreed. I did not want my son to suffer anymore. Conner had been so strong and brave through it all. On December 10th I was able to finally hold him for the first time since the abuse; it had almost been a week. Conner passed away shortly after while lying in my arms.
Just some of Conner's Injuries:
114 punctures wounds
(The most on the bottom of his feet 48 on the right foot
41 on the left foot)
Abrasion on the top of the right ear
Busted and swollen lips
Bruise on left cheek
Small cut and bruise on forehead
Bruising on right side of the neck
Blunt force head and facial injuries
Petticual hemorrhages on both sides of the neck
2 large bruises on his back
Bruise on the top of one lung
Internal bleeding of organs
And a thumbtack was removed from the top of his stomach
Severe brain damaged
Severe brain stem damaged
Conner was physically abused and suffocated in the early morning hours of Dec 5, 2010 by Ronald H Saunders. Saunders was arrested and charged with murder in late Dec 2010. The trial was in Jan 2012 and ended in a hung jury. In March 2012 new evidence came to light. This included a detailed confession that was made to a cell mate of Saunders, and DNA evidence. In April 2012, the McCracken County Commonwealths Attorney Office accepted a plea deal offer for the case. The McCracken County Commonwealth's Attorney Office accepted a plea of Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, which is considered a non-violence offense. That labeled Conner's murder as non-violent, and Saunders a non-violent offender. Saunders was only required to serve 20% of his 10 year sentence, and has already been up for parole once. Saunders parole was deferred for 2 years in October of 2012, after Conner's family and friends pushed for the deferment. Saunders will be back up for parole in October 2014.
HB168 "Conner's Law" is intended to help create a minimum sentence for fatal child abuse.
This law will also allow prosecutors to have another charge that they can use against fatal child abuse.
Please help give this bill life and the chance to spare another family from the pain and suffering that Conner's family has been through.
Please help to schedule a hearing on this bill!
This law will help give Conner and his family the justice that they have not received.
Thank you for your time,
A supporter of Conner's Law