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Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis, Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, John F. Kennedy, John Lewis, Paul Tonko

Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!

 Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims, especially our disabled loved ones. 12-5-18 Update: The court is moving forward with the golden plea deal for Teator- reduced charges, 3 years probation, and the gift of wiping out her completely unrelated charges in a totally separate court. The Thompson case has not started yet... I’m outraged. This is NOT JUSTICE or a deterrent for INTENTIONALLY victimizing an autistic 19 year old whereby the crime directly led to his death. Please, please, help me fix this so our story doesn’t become someone else’s.  What you can do to help:1. SHARE the petition and Bailey’s story, in person and online2. Go to our website and print free flyers for local venues and local bulletin boards in your town, and deliver them to all the neighbors on your street 3. Call agencies that support the disabled and/or elderly and ask them to join our coalition of support. You can give them the website address as a contact.                    4. Call your representatives, wherever you live, and tell them we need #BaileysLaw.5. Stay informed. The blood and guts of this journey is on our Facebook page Dear Bailey. OUR STORY My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability.   I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed!  To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541  - there is a link at this location for the identical Assembly version as well. To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://www.facebook.com/BaileysBridges/ https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ & http://BaileysBridges.org/baileyslaw/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY *6-17-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law passed in the NY Senate on 6-11-18 with a vote of 44/17. The bill is now in the NY Assembly (A.10874) and I’m pushing to have it passed before the end of the legislative session on 6-20-18.  The Ulster County Court has declined to take on the female’s case (the facilitator of this crime), and referred it back to the Town Court. This means that HER CHARGES WILL BE REDUCED from felony to misdemeanor or less- because Town Courts CANNOT process felonies. It is looking more and more like she will get 3 years of probation... To put this into context- a DWI, WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE, can result in 3 years probation, over $1000 fine and revocation of drivers license...  I am disgusted.... these people KNEW they were committing a crime. KNEW they were targeting someone with a disability, and their actions resulted in the DEATH of their victim......  Please, please share our petition... This is just not right..  Targeting our vulnerable loved ones breaks a sacred social contract in our society and we must prevent this from happening to someone else...  8-15-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law is currently stuck in the Codes Committee of the Assembly but I am pushing forward with public support signatures as well as organizational and legislator support. Our bill now has 4 Assembly sponsors: Didi Barrett, Christine Pellegrino, Angelo Santabarbara, and David McDonough. This is immensely helpful but until this bill passes in the Assembly and is signed by Andrew Cuomo, we cannot stop pushing for more bill support.  Our next court hearing for the female’s case is on August 28th. It’s expected she will be offered a plea bargain of a reduced charge (felony Endangering in the 1st to misdemeanor Endangering) with a sentence of 3 years probation. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE FOR AN INTENTIONAL CRIME THAT RESULTED IN DEATH.  The male has not yet been brought up to our county for arraignment; he is still pending trial for Murder 2 in Westchester County in an unrelated case.  9-21-18 Update: Our last court appearance for Teator did not go as expected, thankfully. But know I have no idea what’s going to happen. Our next court date is Tuesday, 9-25-18. See update for more details.  12-5-18 Update: The court is moving forward with the golden plea deal for Teator- reduced charges, 3 years probation, and the gift of wiping out her completely unrelated charges in a totally separate court. The Thompson case has not started yet... I’m outraged. This is NOT JUSTICE or a deterrent for INTENTIONALLY victimizing an autistic 19 year old whereby the crime directly led to his death. Please, please, help me fix this so our story doesn’t become someone else’s.  What you can do to help:1. SHARE the petition and Bailey’s story, in person and online2. Go to our website and print free flyers for local venues and local bulletin boards in your town, and deliver them to all the neighbors on your street 3. Call agencies that support the disabled and/or elderly and ask them to join our coalition of support. You can give them the website address as a contact.                    4. Call your representatives, wherever you live, and tell them we need #BaileysLaw.5. Stay informed. The blood and guts of this journey is on our Facebook page Dear Bailey. Thank you so much for your support, your caring messages (yes, I read them all), and I hope you’ll stay with me through this process of fixing the law. With gratitude, Gae Marie 

A Mourning Mom *
17,209 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Governor Bill Lee Tennessee

Justice for a Grandfather!!

Jimmie Robinson lives in Sevierville, TN and is a 75 year old grandfather. Three of his grandchildren are precious little boys (now ages 13 years and twins, now eleven years). His grandsons look up to him  and call him Pa. Their Pa teaches them about God, nature, how to be patient enough to catch frogs, and what the American flag, the Bald Eagle, and the Pledge of Allegiance means to us. Their Pa is a good, simple, God fearing man and he is loved by his family and friends. Their Pa was citizen of the year in his town, a Vietnam veteran, President of the Kiwanis, and has done much for his community. Their Pa is a man of outstanding moral character and honor. He is a real man and he is a true hero. However, their Pa is currently serving 17 years for 2nd degree murder in the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg, TN for killing their father (his son-in-law). Pa did not kill him out of anger or revenge, but to protect his precious grandsons from him, as the court system in Sevier County proved to be a corrupt, "good 'ol boy" system that not only failed to protect them from him, but was about to send a victimized child and his two baby brothers back into the hands of his sexual perpetrator. The children's father is from one of several families that "own" and run the very small town of Sevierville. They have a seemingly unlimited amount of money at their disposal that easily influences any obstacles that may cross their paths, which had been used in many occasions to make his past "indiscretions" disappear. Unfortunately, Pa and his family were square in their path this time. At first the children's father appeared to be a good man, from a good family. Soon after he married the children's mother (Pa's daughter), however, he began to fly into violent rages, abused drugs and alcohol, and engaged in other bizarre and often immoral behaviors. Fear turned into horror at the realization that he was sexually abusing their eldest son, who was at that time a precious 2 year-old toddler. The Robinson family used every legal means possible to protect all three of the boys from him. The children's mother obtained a restraining order against him and filed for divorce. Despite all of the allegations of sexual abuse, etc., the Judge hearing the divorce case, granted the children's father regular visitation with the children under the supervision of the paternal grandmother and step-grandfather. The sexual abuse against the oldest child resumed immediately. After investigating the reports of sexual abuse, the Department of Children's Services indicated the children's father for Severe Sexual Abuse, which was signed by the Assistant District Attorney of Sevier County and several other members of the community's Child Protective Investigative Team. DCS filed an immediate protective order petition against him in Juvenile court. Meanwhile, a detective from the Sevierville Police Department was assigned to investigate the criminal sex abuse case but never even interviewed the children's father or any of the other dozen or so witnesses. The District Attorney's office eventually ignored all of the evidence of the abuse investigation, did not take it to the Grand Jury, and declined to proceed with any criminal case against him. The children's father repeatedly perjured himself in the Divorce proceedings, with no reprocussions whatsoever for it. There were numerous, outrageous, corrupt stunts performed by the children's father and his legal team in the Juvenile court sexual abuse hearing, with no reprocussions for it. In fact, the Judge hearing that case ignored all of the witness testimony from the abused child's Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), an emergency room doctor from East Tennessee Children's Hospital, a psychotherapist who flew in from Texas who had counseled the children's father and his former wife years earlier, and testimony regarding his drug and alcohol abuse and decided that it would be okay to allow the sexual perpetrator visits with the victimized child and his baby brothers.  It became painfully aware to the Robinson family that the system had failed the children in every single way. It appeared imminent that two courts, despite overwhelming evidence of on-going sexual abuse, unpredictable outbursts of violent rages, and even drug and alcohol abuse, were about to turn over three, precious, innocent baby boys for their father to victimize over and over and over at his leisure. That is why Pa took matters into his own hands to protect the children. The corruption resumed in the Criminal court against Pa and he never had a chance of a fair trial. There were even family members and close family friends of the children's father who work at the Sevier County courthouse and who signed the Grand Jury indictment against him. Pa just wanted the opportunity to explain to a jury of his peers "why" he did it. However, again, it became painfully obvious that he was never going to receive a fair trial when the Judge hearing the Criminal case disallowed any testimony regarding the sexual abuse, etc., against the child. Upon the paternal mother's request, the District Attorney's office initiated a plea agreement that Pa decided to accept in hopes of being sent to a minimum security facility close to home so that his wife of 55 years, his precious grandchildren, and the rest of his family and friends who adore him would be able to hug him rather than visiting him between glass in a maximum security facility. There's so much more to this story and examples of corruption in the system than can be explained here. The courts did not subpeona the records department of several mental health facilities that the children's father went to spanning from his childhood into adulthood that should have been considered in this case. After his death, these mental health documents were finally obtained by the mother of the children. In those records, in part, he admitted in his own words that he is a "sexual abuser of those young and old...."; that "my idol is Jeffrey Dahmer...."; and that he "wants to kill people...but with my own hands, because it will make me feel more complete...." He tried to "burn his mother" and told a story of repeated abuse against him that is horrifying. He had several mental health diagnoses. He physically abused a former wife by beating her head and face into a tile floor to the point that she is now legally blind. These are among many, many more horrifying stories. His family knew all of this, as his mother participated in the intake processes and some of the sessions. But rather than admitting to it and standing up to do the right thing to protect his children from him, they were deceitful and painted a picture of him to the community that would not tarnish their good name.  The main thing is that the corrupt system in Sevier County failed to protect these children and this man. No one was held accountable for their actions except Jimmie Robinson and that is unacceptable. The children are the ones who have been punished and who have suffered in this case. Pa's last words to the Criminal court Judge was, "Sir, I am just a Grandpa". This Grandpa needs to come home to his grandchildren who love him. Please help bring this Grandpa home.

Karen Robinson
3,596 supporters