12/10/2013 11:42 PM
by Courtney Rosemond
CHARLESTON - Lawmakers have unveiled several new proposals aimed at protecting children.
A special committee on crimes against children has been studying the issue for about five months. Among the ideas the committee is calling for the creation of a misdemeanor child abuse statute.
They say right now, a lot of cases fall through the cracks because the actions don't rise to a felony level and there's little police or prosecutors can do to step in.