October 15, 2019 − At the request of Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D–Bucks), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing next Thursday in Yardley to discuss “Kayden’s Law,” his legislation (Senate Bill 868) that would require courts to consider the safety of the child before providing a parent with custody or unsupervised visitation.
“The safety of our children is being overlooked in far too many custody proceedings,” Santarsiero said. “It is our responsibility as legislators to reform the system so that a child’s safety is prioritized.”
Kayden’s Law is named after 7-year-old Kayden Mancuso of Lower Makefield Township, who was killed by her father last year during an unsupervised visit. The father was granted unsupervised visitation despite a troubling evaluation that revealed a history of suicidal thoughts, depression and violent tendencies.
The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at 11 a.m. at Lower Makefield Township Community Center, 1550 Oxford Valley Road, Yardley, PA 19067.
The committee is chaired by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D – Northampton/Lehigh).
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