ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The death last year of a Frederick toddler has inspired bills in the General Assembly aimed at preventing children in foster care from being returned to abusive biological parents.
Del. Kathy Afzali of Frederick County is holding a news conference Thursday in Annapolis about a bill she calls Anayah’s Law. It’s named for Anayah Williams, a 21-month-old girl who was allegedly beaten to death by her father, Frankie Williams, last March. He has pleaded not guilty.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Festivities Began In Baltimore County Sunday Evening
Anayah had been returned to her parents several weeks earlier under a federal law that generally requires state social services agencies to try to reunite families.READ MORE: Man Who Shot Wicomico Sheriff's Deputy Indicted On 18 Charges
Afzali’s bill would create more exceptions to that rule. It also would strike a standard that abuse must be chronic for the state to maintain custodyMORE NEWS: Baltimore County Police Ask For Help Finding Missing Woodlawn Teen
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