19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Randall Houston will ask the Alabama Legislature to increase the possible penalty for Aggravated Child Abuse for a child under six years of age to life in prison when it convenes for its regular session in February.
“I stood in court last week to oppose a bond request made by a mother who, along with her boyfriend, heinously abused her four-year-old son to the point that he was near death,” Houston said. “As I looked that defendant in the eye and thought of the ways she and her boyfriend had abused her own son, I realized that the current penalties for such monstrous acts are inadequate and must be toughened so those who commit them can stare at the four cold walls of a prison cell for the rest of their lives.
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