“Aiden’s Law” named after Harbeson tragedy
Delaware lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed to protecting children who are born having been exposed to recreational drugs.
House Bill 268, otherwise known as “Aiden’s Law”, is named after three-month old Aiden Hundley.
Delaware State Police arrested his parents Doyle Hundley and Casey Layton in December 2015, after launching a homicide investigation. Aiden had reportedly suffered a seizure and later died in September.
According to an autopsy conducted by the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, homicide was ruled as the cause of death due to blunt force trauma to Aiden’s head.
District 37 Representative Ruth Briggs King, a co-sponsor of the bill, says Aiden’s Law would require a mother using illegal drugs to agree to a safety plan with state agencies once the baby is born. Representative Briggs King says it would further strengthen current federal laws regarding child abuse that are already in place.
She tells 47ABC the plans would be individualized to fit needs. For example, home visits after the baby is discharged may be considered.
In regards to the case of Aiden Hundley, Represenative Briggs King says “If certain things had been done a little bit differently, a little bit better…more timely then they would have had more time to have really good physical evaluations of the infant or of the child and intervened much sooner.”
She says the bill will likely be assigned to either the Health and Social Services committee or the Judiciary Committee as the Delaware General Assembly moves forward.
We’re told a hearing date for the bill has not been set yet.