CHICAGO (CBS) — When Cassandra Tanner Miller’s estranged husband shot and killed their 18-month-old son after which himself, her tragedy made headlines. Ever since that day, she has been combating to vary the way in which that legislation enforcement and the courts deal with victims of home violence and their abusers.
In 2019, Cassandra mentioned she wished to make a legislation that may assist repair the entire evident loopholes that led to her household’s tragedy. Now, a invoice named after her son is on its method to the Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk.
“Why did it must be my son? Why did it must be Colton? And the extra that I stroll this journey I believe possibly it was me that needed to do it,” she mentioned.
Colton Miller could be about three and a half years outdated in the present day. His mother nonetheless greets him each morning and provides him a kiss each night time.
“I get up every single day and I am going to mattress and I kiss him right here. How unfair is that?” mentioned Cassandra along with her son’s urn.
In September 2019 Cassandra’s estranged husband broke into her dwelling in Joliet and savagely beat her.
“Dragging me, grabbing me by my hair, pushing me towards stuff, slamming my head towards partitions,” she mentioned then.
He then went upstairs and shot and killed their little boy, Colton.
There have been so many pink flags that had been missed from his revoked FOID card that was by no means turned in, to his unmonitored stint out on an I bond, to Cassandra’s warning to the Illinois Nationwide Guard of his violent habits and drug use that fell on deaf ears.
“It’s a ache that takes your breath away in any respect hours of the day,” she mentioned. “We now have not had something that may be a full complete breakdown to see the place the gaps are.”
However due to Cassandra’s fierce advocacy over the past 18 months, now that’s going to occur with Colton’s Regulation and Colton’s Job Drive.
“We we actually felt the necessity to sit down and speak with all of the consultants on the desk and ensure we’re taking a look at what we’ve performed. What’s been proposed in different states and greatest practices, shifting ahead and that’s going to be a report that’s going to be delivered to the Normal Meeting and the governor,” mentioned State Rep. David Welter, (IL-Dist. 75).
Welter sponsored the laws that handed each the home and the senate as of Could 30. He mentioned the legislation creates a job power to dive deep into each side of the method, operation and enforcement of home violence legal guidelines, one thing that has by no means occurred earlier than.
“We have to work out why that is occurring, how will we cease it and what therapy can we give each the victims and the abusers in order that this cycle doesn’t proceed,” Cassandra mentioned.
She mentioned breaking that cycle is now her life’s mission.
“What I wouldn’t do to have the ability to have him right here to listen to him say, ‘I’m actually pleased with you, mother,” she mentioned.
This wasn’t the primary time lawmakers tried to move this invoice into legislation. Final yr it flew out of committee and obtained unanimous help in the home, however the pandemic stopped the progress of that invoice. They had been so grateful to lastly get it by means of.
Now Rep. Welter mentioned the duty power is predicted to current an in depth report with their findings to the Normal Meeting someday in 2022. Cassandra hopes to be there in particular person when Gov. Pritzker indicators the invoice into Colton’s Regulation.