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UPDATE: Mother to Go Before Statehouse in Support of Destiny's Law

MEDWAY -- We have an update on a mother's fight to more severely punish those who violently attack others.

Randi Shepherd tells us an Indiana lawmaker is now considering introducing legislation similar to Destiny's Law.

The proposed Ohio law is named in honor of Shepherd's daughter.  Back in 2006, Shepherd's boyfriend shook 16-month-old Destiny so severely he caused her to suffer permanent brain damage.

The proposed law would create harsher penalties for those who commit violent attacks causing irreparable harm adding an additional five to ten years prison time to an assailant's felony offense.



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MEDWAY -- Wednesday, a Medway mother will take her fight against those who hurt children to the statehouse in Columbus.

Randi Shepherd is testifying for Destiny's Law, which is named after her daughter.

The law would create harsher penalties for those who commit violent attacks against children and cause permanent damage.

In 2006, Shepherd's boyfriend shook her infant daughter, Destiny, causing severe brain damage.

He's served eight years in prison and will soon be released.

Destiny's Law could have added up to 10 years to his sentence.

We spoke to Randi Shepherd last week about why this law is so important.

"He gets to get out and live and gets to do things without thought or consideration when Destiny can't. She has to pay the consequence for a crime she never committed, and he gets to walk away; it's not fair," says Randi.

We plan on being there in Columbus for Shepherd's testimony.

 
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