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.

“We just don’t feel like insanity should be a ‘get out of jail free card,’” says Allison.

Watch the video above to learn about the cause everyone in this family supports, then click here to read more about the petition to create this legislation or visit Justice For Lauren Sylvia Belius on Facebook. This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday.

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