Bill would expand Baby Brianna Law

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A New Mexico lawmaker is trying to expand Baby Brianna’s Law, getting tougher on child abusers.

The law is named after Brianna Lopez, a 5-month-old Dona Aña girl, raped and beaten by her mother, father and uncle in 2002.

Her death prompted a law that allows for a life sentence for those who kill a child between the ages of 12 and 18 through abuse.

Rep. Anna Crook from Curry County is proposing a bill that would remove the age restriction, allowing anyone who intentionally kills a child of any age through abuse to be sentenced to life.

Negligent child abuse resulting in death carries a sentence of 18 years.

Baby Brianna’s abusers got a much lighter sentence. Her mother is scheduled to be released in 2016.

Gov. Susana Martinez has already put the bill on the agenda for this 30-day session.

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