Bill would strengthen domestic violence charges

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lawmakers are a considering a bill so a person charged with committing an act of domestic violence in front of a child could face multiple charges if more than one child was present.

Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, says the current law doesn't go far enough because if domestic violence occurs in front of multiple children, only one child is identified as a victim and qualifies for restitution, such as therapy.

Under House Bill 275, a separate third-degree felony would be charged for every child present and each one would qualify for restitution.

The bill passed unanimously out of a House committee Thursday. It will go to the House floor for more debate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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