At 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, family of Dominick Calhoun and supporters of Dominick's Law are inviting others to join them for a rally in Lansing as a new bill is about to be introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives.
The bill is being introduced in memory of Dominick Calhoun, a 4-year-old boy who was beaten to death in his Argentine Township apartment in April 2010. Dominick's 26-year-old mother Corrine Baker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree child abuse for her involvement with his death. Baker's 25-year-old boyfriend, Brandon Hayes, is currently awaiting trail for murder. Hayes stands accused of beating the 4-year-old boy to death over several days after the boy accidentally wet himself while sitting on a sofa.
Supporters will be gathering on the front steps of the east entrance at the capitol building.
If approved by legislators, Dominick's Law would increase punishment for child abusers to unprecedented levels.
Family of Dominick and supporters of Dominick's Law would like to see stiffer penalties to those convicted of child abuse.
James Lower, policy director for Rep. Paul Scott's office, said they have been working very closely with Dominick's family to put this bill together. He does expect quite a few supporters to be at the capitol on Thursday when the bill is introduced.
Although a "Good Samaritan" law is not included with Dominick's Law, Lower said sentencing guidelines are included for convicted child abusers who commit the abuse in front of another child. Early on, supporters indicated they wanted reporting of child abuse to be a law, which would hold anyone accountable to reporting suspected abuse.
Rick Calhoun, Dominick's grandfather, of Linden, said he is traveling to Lansing with a group of people who have been supporting this endeavor. He expects the group to make their presence known to the lawmakers.
Calhoun said Scott has been instrumental in drafting this bill and he is supposed to come out and speak to the supporters. "He's (Scott) doing what he needs to do to get this done," he said. "We want to get this done - nothing more than that."
Following the rally and introduction of the bill on Thursday, Calhoun and supporters of Dominick's Law are starting a campaign to get the word out for citizens to call their local representatives to support this bill.
I think it's an awesome law that was passed! No family should have to go through that.
I think it's good in that case. Those people deserve to be in prison for a very long time.
I do think, however, that we are too strict on mothers who are mentally ill who hurt their children. Child abuse is an AWFUL crime, but a lot of times it's the result of a mental problem and prison isn't going to change that.
Quoting Supafly★:" I think it's good in that case. Those people deserve to be in prison for a very long time. I do think, ... [snip!] ... Child abuse is an AWFUL crime, but a lot of times it's the result of a mental problem and prison isn't going to change that. "
I go back and forth. I don't think she was mentally ill. I think she was a drug addict. I guess I think that mentally ill mothers who do commit abuse, and it can be proven, need to go to a hospital to get help. And not prison. But I don't think they should be excused or off the hook just because they can claim mental illness. I don't think ANYONE should be able to use it as an excuse.
Quoting MamaTay[Kennedi]:" I go back and forth. I don't think she was mentally ill. I think she was a drug addict. I guess I think ... [snip!] ... excused or off the hook just because they can claim mental illness. I don't think ANYONE should be able to use it as an excuse."
I don't think she was in this case either. It's not as easy to claim mental illness as one might think. If you don't already have a history and diagnosis, they usually will not let you claim that except in cases of PPD. And no, not off the hook. Intensive psychiatric care.
Makes sense. Prayers 4 Braden needs to get this law and use it to his advantage in what ever state he's in. I've been thinking about him alot and I am just so sick and tired of practically babies being murdered by raging druggies. All for peeing the bed, couch, whatever. SS is 5 and he still occasionally pees his pants. My nephew did it until he was like 13. Its not something to murder a child for.