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"Dominick's Law" introduced in Lansing

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(10/13/11) - It was a big step forward Thursday for the family of a tortured, abused and murdered Genesee County child as Dominick's Law was introduced in Lansing.

State Representative Paul Scott is backing the bill aimed at increasing punishment for child abusers.

The boy's family pushed for the bill following the death of the 4-year-old, abused, tortured and murdered, in Argentine Township in April of 2010.

His mother's boyfriend at the time, Brandon Hayes, is awaiting trial.

Dominick's family rallied in Lansing Thursday right after that bill was introduced. 
  
The bill would essentially give judges the power to put child abusers away longer and allow for an additional charge of child abuse if another child witnesses the act.

"Somebody can walk into your life and tear your life apart and that's what happened to us," said Dominick's grandfather Rick Calhoun.

The child would have turned 6 Monday, but the balloons at the Capitol were to celebrate something else.

"We've come a long way here," Calhoun said, standing on the steps, speaking to a crowd.

"We can never bring Dominick's life back or the lives of so many children around the state who have been lost to child abuse, but this is something we can do legislatively to make sure there is a signal that we're not going to tolerate child abuse in Michigan," Scott said.

Dominick's Law has been referred to committee. The next step would then be a hearing on the bill.

Potential jurors in Genesee County were dismissed last month.

A change of venue motion, made by his attorney, is still pending in court.

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