ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says he plans to sign a measure aimed at doing more to prevent foster care children from being returned to abusive biological parents.

Hogan said Monday it sounds like a common-sense measure he will have no trouble supporting.

It provides social service agencies the ability to keep children in foster care, if there is severe abuse by biological parents, or parents do not protect their children from serious mistreatment.

The bill is known as Anayah’s Law, after a 21-month-old Frederick girl who was allegedly beaten to death by her father. 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.

The Maryland Senate unanimously sent the bill to Hogan on Friday.

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