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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The death of an Albany four month old boy two years ago inspires an Albany State Senator to propose a law in his name to protect children kept in home day care centers.

District 12 Senator Freddie Powell Sims will propose "Jace's law" Monday, in memory of four month old Jace Hester. The boy's Mother helped write the proposal. 

Jace Hester's story touched State Senator Freddie Powell Sims, and led her to spend one and a half years writing a bill in his name, to protect all children in Georgia's thousands of home day care centers.

Sims said "To me it was a personal affront to the parents that the very next day the center remained open."

In February 2008 four month old Jace Hester was found not breathing at a Lee County home day care, and died later that day. The GBI autopsy ruled his death was an unexplained sudden infant death, and Investigators found no criminal negligence. But crime scene photos showed mold and dog feces in the room where Jace was kept. The State Agency that licenses day care centers reported 16 rule violations and revoked the center's registration. The home day care owner appealed, and continue to keep children in her home. Senator Sims wants to make sure those centers stay closed until the investigation is completed.

Sims said "If something happens to their children, there will be an investigation. Everything will be shut down, and evidence can not be tampered with. We want a complete investigation."

Jace's Mother, Amanda Hester, worked closely with Senator Sims to help write Jace's Law,  to protect more young children who stay in home day care centers. Amanda now lives in Columbus, and has another young child.

Amanda Hester will be at the Senate Youth and Education Committee when the bill is introduced.

Barbara Ann Fuller, owner of the Lee County home day care where Jace died, plead guilty to ten counts of reckless conduct in June 2009, and was sentenced to probation, and agreed not to operate a day care during that year.

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