Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In Missouri, Missouri House backs stiffer penalties for baby deaths | Shaken Baby Syndrome

People who injure or kill a baby by shaking the child could reportedly face tougher penalties under legislation moving through the Missouri House

The House has endorsed HB 1317, a measure expanding Missouri’s child abuse law to specifically cover causing a baby’s death or injury by shaking.

Sponsor Jeanie Riddle, a Republican from Mokane, reportedly says current law makes it difficult to prosecute people when a child dies from “shaken baby syndrome.”

A person who commits child abuse in Missouri currently faces up to seven years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Under Riddle’s legislation, anyone who commits child abuse on a child under the age of 2 would face five to 15 years in prison.

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