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25 years ago: State legislators consider child abuse bills

February 2, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 2, 1989:

In Topeka today, state legislators were discussing child abuse prevention. Many cases of abuse could be stopped, a Lawrence senator said, if parents could obtain more affordable day care. "One of the things that causes people to abuse their children is the frustration of dealing with the children over long periods of time," said Sen. Wint Winter Jr., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Winter's committee this week had approved legislation to classify the killing of a child by abuse as Class A felony murder and to create the new crime of aggravated child abuse, a Class B felony in which child abuse resulted in serious or permanent injury. The bill was a follow-up to the previous year's Kansas Supreme Court decision that found that the death of a child as a result of child abuse could not be considered felony murder under the current statute.


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