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PROVIDED PHOTO This combination photo shows Donna M. Kshir, left, and Lee Roberts.

more private and fight to open it just like the sex offender registry is public under Megan’s Law.

Donna M. Kshir and Lee Roberts, both grandmothers, want people to be able to search for offenders by name and location, according to Lexi Howard, assistant and spokeswoman for Kshir and Roberts.

Grandmothers are calling for the passage of legislation that would require state police to open the current private computerized database of those convicted of child abuse offenses in the state, including their names, their date of birth, crime level and crime location. took place, which is often necessary to find court records.

Past and recent efforts

Since 2015, Kshir and Roberts have been trying to open the child abuse registry.

“They believe that opening up the central registry will give parents the ability to protect their children from the unknown,” Howard said.

Their latest effort includes a meeting scheduled for May 14 with State Representative Stephanie Borowicz, R-McElhattan, to see if they can enlist her support and sponsorship of the legislation.

A prior meeting with Denise Maris, the Democratic candidate for the 76th district for state representation, resulted in Maris pledging to support the proposal if elected.

If the bill passes, women would like it to be called Anson’s Law, after 9-year-old Anson Stover, who suffered unspeakable abuse, was placed in a bathtub and died from the injuries he suffered were inflicted on him by his aunt.

The two began campaigning to open the Central Child Abuse Registry after 2-year-old Conner Bachuss lost his life to child abuse.

Kshir used his influence as an author and advocate for Conner’s Law alongside Conner’s mother, Mashanna Bachuss-Wagoner, to seek justice for the toddler.

Conner’s Law became law, with a signature from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear in March 2015. First-degree manslaughter, which carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, now includes fatal child abuse. Abusers must serve 85% of this sentence before being released.

Kentucky toddler killer Ronald Saunders II suffered from violence in his midst, but his past was hidden in the private registry.

After serving 5 and a half years in prison, as part of a plea deal, for torturing and killing the toddler, Saunders was released from prison and did it again abusing another child in the following month. his release.

Four types of child abuse include neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. In some countries, the use of corporal punishment is considered child abuse.

A study recorded in MedicalNews Today suggested that 1 in 4 children experience some kind of neglect or abuse at some point.

Children who may have been abused should see a doctor or hospital as physical medical help or counseling may be needed.

Anyone who thinks they are abusing, have abused or are at risk of abusing a child should get away from the child and put the child in a safe place, for example by having someone else look after them, then finding someone to confide in. necessary.

Helplines are available and local police or health services can help you. Calls can be made anonymously. The appropriate people will take steps to investigate.



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