Indiana Senate approves bill that would create child abuse registry

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP): The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that would create a public registry of people convicted of child abuse or neglect.

The bill, which would create a list similar to online sex-offender registries, was passed by the Senate on Wednesday on a 49-0 vote. The bill was inspired by the death of 19-month-old Kirk Coleman who died of a brain injury in 2014 while being cared for by a babysitter who had previously pleaded guilty to child neglect. She is awaiting trial on a charge of felony battery resulting in death.

State Sen. Carlin Yoder authored the bill, calling it one more tool for parents to help assure the safety of their children.


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