Should America Have a Public Child-Abuse Registry?

Erica Hammel’s two-year-old child Wyatt was shaken so badly that he got brain damage.

Her ex-husband’s then girlfriend allegedly did the awful deed a year ago, leaving the kid temporarily blinded and unable to speak. The accused, Rachel Edwards, had two previous child abuse charges, but had only gotten probation. Now Hammel wants to prevent anyone else from experiencing this horror by establishing a public database for child abusers.

Michigan, where Hammel lives, actually already has a child abuse database that contains about 275,000 names, but it’s only accessible to law enforcement and child protective services. Hammel wants to make that database public, like sex offender registries.

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