After a 2-year-old boy was placed back into custody of his parents and died of a drug overdose, years of fighting for a law to protect children in similar situation was signed by Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday.
According to the State House's website, "Jaidon's Law" was signed after the Legislature passed the bill earlier in June.
The bill will help protect children who have been removed from their parents' custody by requiring drug tests and additional guidance from the courts before the child is placed back with their parents. It also removes custodial rights of parents if they are convicted of homicide by child abuse, among other charges. Read the bill in its entirety here.
Jaidon Morris was placed with a foster family 2007 and spent nearly a year with the Scotti family. Then, they got another phone call. A judge ruled that the toddler would be returned to his biological parents.
Dione Scotti told FOX Carolina in 2013 she was concerned when Jaidon was returned to his birth family. Days later Jaidon was taken to the hospital, where he died. An investigation revealed in court that he died from an overdose of prescription adult cough medicine.
His biological grandmother and father were convicted of homicide by child abuse and are currently in prison.
Scotti worked with Republican State Rep. Mike Forrester to draft Jaidon's Law.
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