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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 30, 2017 05:10 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Termination of Parental Rights (Kimberlee's Law)
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation known as Kimberlee’s Law, and I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Kimberlee Jill Godshall, a 22 year old resident of Emmaus, was murdered by her husband in her home in 2002, while her 1-year-old daughter was in the next room. Before he committed this crime, the husband researched information online on how to strike fatal blows to a body by stabbing, strangulation and hitting to cause death. While this perpetrator was sentenced to life without parole, the social worker and judge in the case thought it would be in the child’s best interest to let the convicted father communicate with written letters and drawn pictures to this little girl.

My legislation would change state law relating to child custody in cases such as the aforementioned to say that no court shall award custody, partial custody or visitation by a parent who was convicted of a first-degree murder of the other parent or any child residing in the household.

This is a reintroduction of SB 454 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: Hughes, Wozniak, Hutchinson, Vulakovich, and Farnese.

Introduced as SB287