Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - In the early Saturday morning hours, the State Legislature passed legislation aimed at cracking down on child abusers. The proposed law stems from a horrible case out of North Tonawanda.
Jay J's Law has been championed by the family of a three-year-old North Tonawanda boy for years -- hoping to prevent another child from having to endure the abuse that Jay J Bolvin did.
On Friday, Eyewitness News reported that the Assembly passed the legislation.
At two in the morning, the State Senate passed a revised version, clearing the path for it to become a law.
Jay J Bolvin is surrounded by love now -- but his life began as one of horror. His biological father, Jeremy Bolvin, is in prison for severely abusing Jay J in the first three months of his life. The infant sustained 11 bone fractures, head trauma and bone damage from shaken baby syndrome.
Police quickly learned that Jeremy Bolvin had abused another son, who was six months old at the time.
However, current state law only allows prosecutors and investigators to consider child abuse within the last three years to enhance the charges.
"He missed being charged by just one year -- and handcuffed the courts to prevent a more severe penalty," Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) told his colleagues late Friday night. "Enacting Jay J's law tonight, will change that."
Bolvin was sentenced to the maximum -- four years in prison. That's why Jay J's family has championed legislation in his name, which allows investigators and prosecutors to look back 10 years when charging and sentencing a suspect. It could bring prison time up to 25 years.
In 2012, the bill only passed the Senate.
The Senate again voted unanimously in favor of the bill in 2013. Friday and overnight into Saturday, a revised version passed the Assembly and the Senate.
"We must do all we can to prevent child abuse, and ensure those who hurt children are kept behind bars for a long long time. NYS needs to continue to toughen laws against child abuse," Kennedy said.
The bill is now awaiting the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).