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Mother Fights for Destiny's Law

COLUMBUS -- A mother asks state lawmakers to keep child abusers locked up to protect children like her daughter, Destiny.

The little girl was shaken so severely as a toddler she suffered severe brain damage.

Destiny's mother Randi Shepherd has been fighting for legislation for six years, but today she says it's not only justice for destiny but for other victims as well.

"Please pass the bill for those people like Destiny," Shepherd said.

Shepherd makes an emotional plea to an Ohio House committee, and walks Destiny down the aisle to show them her little miracle.

"She's a miracle, every little thing she does is a miracle," Shepherd said.

In 2006, Shepherd's boyfriend, Terrence King, shook Destiny so hard he fractured her skull. Destiny wasn't expected to live.

King was sentenced to eight years, and he is scheduled to get out this October.

Now, Shepherd is fighting for tougher punishment.

"It will give justice to the next family and it will protect children from going through such a violent crime," said Shepherd.

"It's a situation where punishment doesn't even come close to fit the crime," said state Rep. Bob Hackett, (R) 74th District.

Hackett threw his support behind this legislation five years ago. And with some changes he's confident it'll now pass.

"It now applies to everybody that would be permanently and substantially disabled," Hackett said.

It also gives judges discretion, something the previous bills didn't.

The proposed law would mandate an additional five to 10 years to a sentence.

Shepherd's efforts, should they be successful won't add to her daughter's attacker's sentence, but she says it can help someone in the future.

"If she can go through what she went through and still survive then I can go though this and help somebody else," said Shepherd.

The bill will face more testimony and then move on to the Ohio House where it's expected to pass. Then it moves on to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

 
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