“Maddox’s Law” is now on its way to the New York State
Assembly after passing the Senate in a unanimous 61 to 0 vote.The bill would make the murder of a child
under the age of 13 a first-degree murder charge with a maximum penalty of life
without parole.Currently, first degree
murder is reserved for the killing of police officers, correctional facility
employees, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, ambulance drivers,
paramedics, physicians, and registered nurses. It was created in response to the
murder of 21-month-old Maddox Lawrence on February 20th.