A local mother is fighting to fix a broken system that leaves children vulnerable to extreme abuse at the hands of repeat offenders.
“It was like oh my God. My worst fears came true. I was right. His case came into the prosecutor’s office as a homicide because they didn’t expect him to pull through,” says Erica Hammel, who’s son nearly died as a result of physical abuse.
Today, Erica’s son Wyatt lives with major injuries that have impacted his day to day life.
“That’s the heartbreaking thing for me. He can’t just be a typical 5-year-old kid,” says Erica.
Her 5-year-old son was victimized by his father’s girlfriend Rachel Edwards. Rachel had a violent past involving children, but sadly records to document her history were not readily available to Erica.
“She was convicted in 2011, and believe it or not convicted again of 4th degree child abuse 10 days before she almost killed Wyatt,” says Erica.
Erica says the problem is statewide. Countless children are still in danger. For that reason, she’s pursuing a new bill to correct the giant problem.