The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.
In November of 2009, 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua was brutally murdered along with her mother, Helen Buchel, in their home.
The perpetrator was John Edward Brown, a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison early after serving only 2 ½ years for assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. Brown had been put on parole just months before he committed the murders. We have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and these tragic deaths underscore the need for tougher penalties for violent offenders.