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Mother Fighting for Passage of Destiny's Law
CLARK COUNTY -- A mother is seeking tougher penalties for anyone harming a child, after her daughter was brutally shaken as a baby. She is hoping to pass Destiny's Law in Ohio.
Randi Shepherd beams when she talks about her daughter, Destiny.
"She walks, she talks, she functions, she goes to school. She is an amazing little girl."
At 8 years old, Destiny Shepherd is defying all odds.
"She just learned to sing her ABC's and it amazes me because doctors told me she would never be able to do that," Randi said.
When Destiny was just 16 months old, Terrance King admitted to shaking the infant and slamming her head against a wall. Randi said more than half of her daughter's brain was damaged.
Destiny was on life support at Dayton Children's Hospital and almost didn't survive.
Randi found out what happened to her baby girl at the hospital.
"They pulled me and my parents into a private room and told me her head was hurt and she was shaken," Randi said.
King was found guilty of the abuse and sentenced to eight years in prison. Ever since her daughter's horrific attack, Randi has been fighting for Destiny's Law. The law would stiffen penalties for anyone who harms or kills a child, and add 10 years of prison time to offenders.
"Eight years for hurting a child and changing them forever doesn't justify anything," says Randi.
In her latest effort to pass Destiny's Law, Randi is putting up billboards in Dayton, Springfield and New Carlisle with hopes to spread awareness.
"I hope more people will see it, will Google it, will understand it, and support what I'm trying to do. I want to prevent this from happening to other children or give justice to the next family," Randi explains.
Randi said her daughter's recovery has been a long road, but she is thankful she is still here.
"Destiny is very blessed and is a miracle, everything she does is a miracle," Randi said.
Terrance King is set to get out of prison in October 2014. If Destiny's Law had been in effect when he was convicted, King would be locked behind bars for another 10 years.
The bill is now awaiting a vote in the Ohio House.
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