Elisa Izquierdo was six-years-old when her testimony became a symbol of
child abuse and a deciding factor in an important American court case.
The little girl was a tragic victim; she was beaten to death by her mother
in New York City in 1995. The mom was a drug addict who was reported but
never inspected by the New York City's Child Welfare System. The media
termed the story a modern-day version of Cinderella. Sweet little Elisa
was her father's crowning glory, but was hated and abused by her mother.
When she was killed, her story was featured on Dateline NBC, and her funeral
drew almost 300 mourners. Not long after the tragic death, the Governor
of New York at the time, Mr. George R. Pataki, signed into legislation
a mandate that has come to be known as Elisa's Law. The law is supposed
to enhance the requirement for increased accountability among welfare workers.
At the same time, Elisa's law adds the necessity that courts be sensitive
to requests for privacy from individuals who are involved in a child protective
services case. There is a delicate balance between an open hearing in a
child abuse trial and being empathetic to the people involved, who may not want to
open their lives up to the public. Still, many judges believe that by
holding open trials, they are able to keep welfare workers accountable.
Had the welfare workers intervened in Elisa's case, the little girl
might be alive today. If you have more questions about how Elisa's
law applies to your family law case, then you need a knowledgeable attorney
to help you.
Contact someone at Hutchinson Law today if you want a lawyer who cares about you to help you in your case.
We are dedicated to assisting you through the issues that come with a
domestic abuse charge.