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Colin Jeffery

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

The legislation will permit parents up to 45 days instead of the current five days to give up their babies. And starting in 2014, screening for critical congenital heart disease will be required for infants.

Another newly signed bill seeks to close a loophole for child abuse reporting. Mandatory reporters suspecting child abuse or neglect currently must "immediately report" or "cause a report to be made." That means reporters can pass the information to another person in their organization. Information will now go directly to state officials.

 

The 22-year-old mother, accused of breaking her 11-week-old child's arm, is due in court Tuesday.

Alison Honkomp of Florissant faces assault charges connected to the incident last month. Honkomp remains jailed on a $10,000 bond.

 

Police say they have identified the woman suspected of scamming an elderly woman outside of a Walmart.

Tracy Jennings is expected to be charged for stealing the woman's wallet. Jennings allegedly told the victim that she worked for the Walmart and while helping her load groceries in the car, she stole her wallet. The wallet contained several hundred dollars.

Jennings is held on a $25,000 bond.

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