SB 109 clears committee
By SHEILA SMITH
Senate Bill (SB) 109, which aims to ensure better investigations of child abuse claims, is heading to the Senate floor after clearing a Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
SB 109, sponsored by District 25 Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, was inspired by Iota couple Amanda and Jerry Spaetgens, whose infant daughter Calli died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2011. One doctor believed abuse could have been a factor in the baby’s death though numerous specialists, nurses and a local coroner disagreed. Under current state law, the doctor’s suggestion was enough to fuel an investigation through the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), forcing the Spaegtens to move between relatives’ homes for almost a year in order to retain custody of their two surviving daughters.
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