The brutal abuse of a baby boy by his father's girlfriend has led to a proposed bill that would clamp down on child abusers in Michigan.
Wyatt suffered a serious skull fracture resulting in brain damage after being brutally shaken by Rachel Edwards, a woman his father was dating in 2013, according to Fox News.
Now, Wyatt's mother, Erica Hammel, is doing what she can to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to other children.
Edwards was living with Hammel's ex-husband in a rental home in a Detroit suburb at the time of the abuse.
When Hammel learned that Edwards had twice been convicted of child abuse, it led the Michigan mother to fight for a state-wide child abuser registry -- the first of its kind in the nation.
According to Hammel’s petition on Change.org, she aims to “[e]xpand the sex offender registry to include those who have been convicted of physical child abuse as well.”
“When we were going through our divorce custody hearings, I had asked the judge not to grant my ex any overnights because I had my concerns about his girlfriend,” Hammel wrote on Change.org. “It was all hearsay and of course even after searching her name on the internet, I found nothing to support my suspicions and therefore the judge granted my ex husband several overnights.”
Hammel’s proposed registry has been called “Wyatt’s Law” and is aimed at the Michigan legislature. So far, the petition has garnered over 18,000 signatures, but needs 25,000 to reach its goal.
“Children are the most innocent and vulnerable members of society,” Hammel told Fox News. "At age 1, Wyatt obviously couldn’t fight back."
Wyatt, now 3, survived the horrific incident and underwent four brain surgeries -- but has significant impairment. Hammel said she believes a public registry with instant access to prior offenses -- similar to the sex offender registry -- would have prevented her son's tragic incident, as well as others.
A hearing on the vote has yet to be announced and rests in the hands of the state judiciary committee, led by Republican State Rep. Kevin Kesto, according to Fox News.