"Adam's Law" Committee Hearing

April 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A child-protection bill inspired by a Valley boy severely injured by his caretaker passed its first committee hearing.The bill is named after Adam Carbajal who was severely hurt three years ago by his mother's boyfriend. The injuries left him with permanent brain damage.

Yesterday in Sacramento, Clovis Assemblyman Mike Villines who wrote the bill explained how "Adam's Law" will fill a gap in the current laws. "When you create permanent injury to children under eight years old, you should have a sentence enhancement. You should be able to serve 15 to life and a jury should be able to make that decision."

If it becomes law, the measure would result in longer prison sentences for anyone who causes severe and permanent damage to children under age eight.

The bill now moves to the assembly appropriations committee.


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