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Michigan Legislature looks to create child abusers registry

Posted at 6:46 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 06:46:39-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After Macomb County resident Erica Hammel's son Wyatt nearly lost his life to child abuse she started campaigning for a child abuse registry.

It's been years of effort, but on Thursday the Michigan Senate passed legislation to create the registry. If it passes the House in the lame-duck session, it will be called Wyatt's Law.

The measure would require the Michigan State Police to compile a computerized database of individuals convicted of child abuse offenses in the state, including their name and date of birth, which are often needed to find court records.