Utah considers creating felony child abuse registry

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill that would create a felony child abuse registry in addition to the existing sex offender registry.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2jv7sBb ) that the measure known as “Miley’s Bill” would require government websites to include a link to a list of felony child abusers.

Rep. Derrin Owens, a Fountain Green Republican, says he’s surprised the sex offender registry was started without including child abusers as well.

The bill is named after a girl who suffered from shaken-baby syndrome in 2013 at the hands of her biological father. Miley’s grandmother, JoAnn Otten, voiced her support for the measure.

Otten says Miley recovered but has a severely decreased standard of life.

The measure received strong support from the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

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