Recent case of child abuse a reminder of 'Dominick's Law' - WNEM TV 5

Recent case of child abuse a reminder of 'Dominick's Law'

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The death of a young child is reminding many of a tragic event that resulted in a new law years ago.

Bob Ennis, the founder of Ennis Center for Children has seen his share of horrific abuse of young children.

Ennis said the type of abuse most commonly seen these days is child neglect, often as a result of drug addiction.

A few years back, a new law was passed in Michigan called Dominick's Law. It’s named after Dominick Calhoun who was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend. The law stiffens the penalty for child abuse. 

Ennis said even laws with good intentions, unfortunately, can't protect everyone.

Ennis declined to comment on the most recent case of child abuse making headlines.

Jamia Robinson, 33, is charged with killing her four-year-old son, Jordyn Mathena.

Prosecutors said Robinson admitted to pushing her son into a bathtub, hearing him fall, but instead of checking on the boy prosecutors said she admitted to leaving him in the tub while she left to go to the store.

When she returned, she told police Jordyn was unresponsive.

Prosecutors said Child Protective Services was very familiar with Robinson and had been out to the house several times, even once for exposing an infant to drugs.

As for Ennis, he insists tougher laws alone aren't going to be able to protect children from abuse. Rather, he said there needs to be more emphasis on the mental health of parents caring for young children.

Robinson faces the possibility of life in prison for the death of her son.

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