December 15, 2016
When Allison and John’s 6- year-old twin daughter, Lauren, was brutally killed by Allison’s (then) boyfriend, David, in July of 2011, their lives and the lives of their surviving children were changed forever.
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Though he was charged in Lauren’s death, and admitted to killing her, a judge eventually ruled that David was not responsible for killing the child “by reason of mental disease or defect.” He was sent to a mental hospital for treatment; a confinement that has no determined period of time, but is subject to bi-annual review.
In spite of their continued estrangement, both Allison and John agree on at least one thing: Lauren Sylvia’s Law. A measure aimed at directing the courts to “establish a period of commitment for persons found not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect” equal to the sentence he or she would have received if they had been convicted.
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“It would essentially prevent people with mental illness who commit violent acts against children from being able to avoid prison by using an insanity plea,” says John.