Hearing on law dedicated to murdered 4-year-old filled with harrowing stories, tears and emotion.
A bill that would evaluate threats against an ex-partner or spouse in determining visitation and custody is heading to a final House committee stop.
Democratic Rep. Hillary Cassel’s bill (HB 97) received unanimous approval from the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee. Democratic Sen. Lori Berman is moving a similar bill (SB 130) forward.
The bill is named for 4-year-old Greyson Kessler, who died in 2021, killed by his father in a murder-suicide. Greyson’s mother, Ali Kessler, had sought a restraining order for domestic violence against Greyson’s father and repeatedly tried to gain exclusive custody of her son.
The courts acted too slowly, denying her requests until it was too late.
“Sadly, Ali’s worst fears were realized,” Cassel told the committee.
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