2013 Indiana General Assembly

Prosecutors closer to obtaining tool to help endangered children

2013-03-19T18:15:00Z 2013-03-19T18:43:04Z Prosecutors closer to obtaining tool to help endangered childrenBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Prosecutors are one step closer to being able to intervene on behalf of an abused or mentally ill child without going through the Department of Child Services or charging the child with a crime.

The House on Tuesday voted 92-0 for Senate Bill 164, restoring the ability of prosecutors to independently ask that a judge rule a child is in need of state services.

Prosecutors lost that power in a 2008 rewrite of DCS statues.

Last summer, the Legislature's DCS study committee recommended reviving the authority as a fail-safe in case DCS cannot or refuses to act on behalf of a child needing help.

The Senate must still consent to House changes to the legislation before it can go to the governor.

Senate sponsors of the measure include state Sens. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, and Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake.

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