Haslam signs Lynn's Law in honor of abandoned Illinois woman

Haslam signs Lynn's Law in honor of abandoned Illinois woman

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Lynn Cameron (Source: Caryville police) Lynn Cameron (Source: Caryville police)
Gov. Bill Haslam signs Lynn's Law in Caryville. Gov. Bill Haslam signs Lynn's Law in Caryville.

CARYVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam came to East Tennessee Tuesday to sign a bill into law designed to prevent people from being abandoned like one Illinois woman was in 2012.

The bill is named Lynn's Law for Lynn Cameron.

Last year, the 19-year-old was left by her mother at a Caryville bar.     

Her mother was later quoted as saying she couldn't care for her daughter and had heard good things about Tennessee's healthcare system.

Lynn's Law allows prosecutors to go after those who knowingly abandon a person with an intellectual disability, adding it to the state law covering adult abuse, neglect or exploitation.

"The point of putting stiffer penalties in place for anything is to make people think, 'Oh that's not OK.' That abandoning an intellectually disabled person whether they be two or 20 is not okay and there will be consequences to it," Gov. Haslam told 6 News.

State Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman and state Rep. Dennis Powers sponsored the bill.

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