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.