A historic day at the Capitol as Colton's Law sails through House hearing

It was a bittersweet day Thursday at the State Capitol for Colton Turner's family.

The toddler's remains were found in a shallow grave in Southeast Austin last September.

His mother and her boyfriend are being charged in connection to his death.

A bill, HB 2053, has been written in the two-year-old's memory to protect abused children who fall off of Child Protective Service's radar.

The piece of legislation had its first hearing Wednesday in the House.

The law would protect abused children who, like him, fall off of CPS's radar

During the hearing, Colton's great aunt testified as did members of law enforcement. State Representative Marsha Farney, who authored the bill, laid out the plan for HB 2053.

"We aren't out to attack any of these agencies, we are giving CPS an important tool. They will utilize the TICIC for these kids putting them in the database. Law enforcement wants this information this is a win for everybody," said Farney.

If it is passed, Colton's Law would cut through all of the existing red tape. It immediately alerts law enforcement seven days after children like Colton fall off of CPS' radar. When those families are stopped, they will be flagged and then CPS will be immediately notified.

"I feel blessed that they did that - it made everything so much better to know that my son got justice and he's saving a lot Of other kids that CPS didn't - they turned him down but my son is gng to be able to save them now," said Brandon Pelfrey, Colton Turner's biological father.

The next stop for HB 2053 is a full house vote. That could happen as early as April 27th as that will be 60 days from when the bill was first filed, which is the required waiting period here in the legislature

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