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MI: Wyatt’s Law: Proposed legislation aims to create statewide child abuser registry


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.

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The more the merrier.😂😂😂😂

I agree, let The net grow wider and see who it catches. The more people, the more law suits.

Whatever. Politicians continue their grab for votes by wasting our tax money on meaningless agenda that does nothing but hurt people. Soon enough everyone will be on one registry or another and we can finally get all them “normies”! 😛

Imagine the day when you’re the weird one because you aren’t on a registry.

You’ll only be weird if you are on the weird person’s registry. People want to type cast others. Always have , but more so now that society is fragmenting. There will be a good person’s registry and a rotten person’s registry. There will be divisions in each and we will remain on the bottom. It will become like high school cliques. Beware thinking the registries will collapse on their own weight. They will, are, being assimilated into our culture and will be the way things are done if we don’t actively object.

I agree with you. If registries become the norm, there will be a caste system among registrants of different types. We’ll still be on the bottom, the worst of the worst. And if they do become the norm, it’s much less likely that they’ll collapse, for any reason. As you say, they’ll just become a part of our culture. Lose-lose, but some will lose more than others. Guess who?

People should not celebrate the proliferation of registries. The thinking that supports criminal registries of any kind is wrong-headed. We must fight to show that, so that registries do not become the norm, and so that the registries devoted to us are seen for the travesties of justice that they are.

Agreed! If knowing everything about all low-status citizens becomes the norm, then the populace will come to see that as an entitlement which they could no longer live without, as they already have with sex offenders. It’s very corrosive of society and very dangerous. Still, we all know which caste will remain always on the very bottom, don’t we? I don’t think that the addition of other lesser-castes will help us except in the possible event that such a proliferation in registerable offenses forces a major reversal on the part of the Supreme Court and then we have to hope that we don’t remain the crimen exceptum.

So now everyone with a sex offense will be further witch hunted because of this isolated event this woman went through. Just… great. Guns are the reason children in America are at risk of harm, not genitals!

@Facts should matter…I don’t get your reasoning that a child abuse registry will further cause sex offenders to be witch hunted. Also, what do guns have to do with this story? The little boy was shook, not shot.

I believe unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for pretty much anyone in the USA. B
Indeed, bullets and bullet-shaped things (genitalia) are among the last things anyone needs to worry about.

What really stands out in my mind is that 325,000 kids suffer concussions as a result of sports-or-recreational-related injuries each year. As we are coming to realize, concussions can have catastrophic long-term consequences not previously appreciated. Yet, childhood football remains an extremely pervasive sport in the U.S. at the same time as the extreme paranoia about sexual abuse continues to hijack the center-stage in the consciousness of Americans such is their level of misplaced priorities and infectious delusions.

We’re talking about custom and superstition here, not pragmatism. Risk of being injured by football = good citizen. Testing the boundaries of your own instincts and passions = evil. It serves this country to have a bunch of veg heads, than to have skilled lovers.

I really feel for this young mother, however she should look at how well the sex offender registry prevents anything before she goes wasting her time on what is essentially a symbolic act by creating this registry; the sex offender registry doesn’t work so I am at a loss to see how the child abuser registry will work.

Then again, imagine your little Timmy comes to you and asks if he can spend the night at Johnny’s house. Sure, you say, and as you Google directions to Johnny’s house you see other information associated with the address, there is a registered child beater living there: his mother. It seems that in 1987 she was convicted if beating Johnny’s older sister half to death and spent 10 years in the can.
Also, living at the residence is Johnny’s father, with 5 DUI convictions and permanent loss of driving privileges. He has offered to pick Timmy up.
Personally I’d like to know these things. After all, they know and judge me by my biggest screw up. Shouldn’t I be made aware of theirs, particularly when it concerns the safety of my children?

If you personally would like to know these things (have a right to know these things, perhaps?) how can you argue with little Sally’s parents wanting to know that Mr. C was convicted of a sex crime before letting little Sally go to his house? Particularly when it comes to the safety of their children?

Is your need to want to know these things based solely on the publication of your conviction? How can you fault the people – who have no such convictions – wanting to know these things, and demanding laws to do so?

Are you for real, or are you a troll?

People who do bad things, and who are subsequently tried, convicted, and sentenced to criminal penalties, have to do their time. For the most part, they earned it. But once they’re done, they’re done. It’s over.

You might want to know, you might think you have a right to know, and for the state to tell you, and you’re welcome to spend all your time researching your neighbors and obsessing about what risks they may pose to your kid. Let your imagination run wild. But your desire to know such things doesn’t justify the state broadcasting them to you, and it doesn’t trump the right of any person to be free once he’s paid his due.

My heart goes out to the mom, but especially Wyatt who is my son’s age. And it was the ex-husband who introduced that monster into the poor kid’s life. Way to go, Dad! He better be spending every waking moment working to make sure his son gets the best care in the world and that his abuser spends her miserable life behind bars.

People and their lives are complicated. No one knows what might happen in the future, or what someone else in their life might do some day. But hindsight is 20-20.

A registry is not a solution but further creates additional problems for communities and citizens. A list is not going to prevent child abuse the same that a list is not going to prevent a sex offense. 95% of all child related crimes are committed by someone well know and trusted by the victim. Sad but mainly a father, a brother, an uncle, etc. it is a wast of our money and a wast of the already short staffed police to have to monitor yet another registry. Please stop this completely political waste

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