Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) this week announced that she is multi-sponsoring legislation designed to give parents necessary information following allegations of abuse against their own child who is placed in a residential facility.
“It is sad to think that some people are either completely incompetent or sick enough to harm children who suffer from mental and physical disabilities,” said Rabbitt. “The unfortunate case of Jonathan Carey, his abuse and later death, taught us a valuable lesson and this legislation, named in his honor, will give parents the tools they need to protect their children.”
Jonathan Carey was residing in a facility designed to care and teach disabled children in 2004. When his father made a surprise visit, he found his 11-year-old son naked, bruised, hungry, and isolated in the dark. Jonathan’s condition was deplorable.
Rabbitt explains that the facility denied the Careys access to requested information regarding the treatment and condition of their son following the allegations they made of abuse. In frustration, Carey’s parents turned to state lawmakers for help and this legislation is a result of their efforts. In frustration, Jonathan's parents turned to state lawmakers for help and this legislation is a result of their efforts.
Jonathan’s Law, if enacted, would mandate the disclosure of reports and investigative records to parents and guardians that result from any investigation stemming from allegations of any abuse committed against their minor child.
“No parent should ever have to endure what Jonathan Carey’s parents went through. My heart goes out to them at this very difficult time,” said Rabbitt. “This crucial legislation grants parents and guardians access to information about their own child following allegations of abuse while they are staying at a residential facility. I look forward to working with members from both sides of the aisle to make sure it becomes law.”