A legislative panel reported Monday several pieces of legislation have been drafted to start dealing with the Child Protective Services quagmire.

Proposed bills call for creating a Special Victims Unit within the West Virginia State Police to investigate child abuse, an ombudsman to oversee the CPS, establishment of a registry of convicted child abusers and setting up a standard policy for hospitals dealing with drug-addicted infants.

It’s all good news and long overdue.

Delegate Virginia Mahan of Summers County has been co-chairing a select legislative committee for the past year to delve into this arm of the Department of Health and Human Resources and her comments yesterday were, as has been the case for some time, chilling.

Mahan said the panel has “uncovered so many problems, not just with the system, but within society” that it’s going to take some time to try and right the CPS ship.

At least the ball is rolling now and the legislature is advancing to try and fill these severely lacking holes in the system.

Mahan says she expects all of the legislation to be passed. It needs to.

We don’t need any more Jonathan Coffman stories. The best we can hope for now is that this helpless infant’s death last December will save many more lives in the future.

It’s a shame it took a baby dying to open eyes, but there is hope it wasn’t all for naught.

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