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KY Lawmaker looking for stronger "Shaken Baby" laws

By Sara Celi – bio | email

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The recent trial of a man accused of shaking a baby to death in Kenton County has at least one lawmaker in Northern Kentucky wanting stronger state laws when it comes to "shaken baby" cases. 

 "If we see one case, it's one case too many. This is a child, this is not an accident. This is a child who's live is cut short too soon," says Addia Wuchner, a Republican State Representative in Boone County. 

 Wuchner says she's writing a bill with other Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen shaken baby laws in Kentucky. Just last week a Kenton County jury sentenced Aaron Allen to 30 years in prison for shaking three-month-old Robert Bradley Ross, Jr. to death.

"This is far too tragic, far too unfortunate. We don't want to se another child lose their life," says Wuchner.

Wuchner says the law change would be preventative. She says it would require nurses, police officers, social workers, and other similar groups to complete two hours of state mandated training about the signs and signals of "shaken baby".

"This would be a uniformed effort, similar to what we've done in domestic violence, and AIDS with the requirement of two hours of continuing education," says Wuchner.

She plans on presenting the bill when the KY General Assembly meets in January.

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