Cami's Law Working Way Through Legislation

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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SHENANDOAH, Va. (WHSV) -- A Valley mother who lost a young child is taking her concern involving day care programs to state leaders.

Elly Lafkin rocks her newborn after a trip to Richmond, campaigning for stricter child care regulations and encouraging parents to take a stand.

"If someone is running a home day care, it is a business. You would never call Wal-Mart to see if it was okay to come over," said Lafkin.

She took her concern all the way to the House of Delegates, speaking with Eileen Filler-Corn.

"What we hope to do is develop a plan for implementing the national fingerprint based criminal history background check for childcare providers in the Commonwealth. So the tragedy that Elly had to endure, doesn't have to repeat itself," said Filler-Corn.

Without fingerprints, mistakes can be made like in the case of Lafkin's previous childcare provider.

"Nothing but two speeding tickets came up, so we assumed everything was great. After Camden passed away in her care, there was a police investigation and it came to our attention that she had five alias names, a felony, and multiple other charges," said Lafkin.

Learning from the past, Lafkin cut back hours at work so she could stay at home with her new baby.

"We will not be using day care, because day care is no safer today than when our first daughter died," said Lafkin.

A life taken too soon and a legacy to last a lifetime.

"She's denied the opportunity to ever meet her sister. I want her to always know how important she is and how wonderful she was," said Lafkin.

A bill proposing Cami's Law passed the subcommittee and a similar bill is also pending in the Senate.


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