Baby Douglas Law

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Alabama's so-called "Baby Douglas" bill is now law. The legislation, signed in May by Governor Bob Riley, went into effect Nov. 1.

The bill received unanimous approval in the House and Senate and was inspired by the death of Douglas Hernandez. The child died in 2002 after apparently being given cold medication at a Mobile County day care center.

The new law makes it a crime for day care workers to give medication to a child with intent to drug the child or alter the child's behavior beyond what is medically prescribed.

It would also be a crime to give medication with reckless disregard for the health, safety, and welfare of the child.