New Mexico Senate approves Baby Brianna expansion bill

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Senate committee voted 4 to 3 to approve a bill to expand Baby Brianna’s Law.

Right now, people convicted of intentional child abuse resulting in death receive a life sentence under Baby Brianna’s Law, but only if the victim is under age 12.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, broadens that to cover kids under 18. The bill had previously been tabled, but was brought back.

It now heads to another Senate committee for consideration. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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