ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is going after repeat child abusers with tougher penalties and fewer loopholes where offenders can hide.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Monday that allows authorities to look back 10 years to see if an offender had any previous child abuse convictions. The standard had been just a three-year look-back.
The crime of intentionally injuring a child under 11 years old also becomes a felony with a maximum sentence of four years in prison. It replaces a lesser misdemeanor charge with a maximum sentence of up to a year in a local jail.
The law is named for a child named Jay-J who was beaten so badly in 2011 that he was left with 11 broken bones and epilepsy.