Violence is the leading cause of death, hospitalization, and disability for children ages 1 through 18.
UNICEF who works hard to improve policies that protect all children reports; that there are about 4 annual child homicides for every 100,000 people.
Age 1: 16 Homicides
Age 1-4: 21 Homicides
Ages 5-9: Unspecified
Ages 10-14: 11 Homicides
Ages 15-19: 62 Homicides
Under age 10: 8 Homicides
Ages 10-15: 2 Homicides
Ages 15-18: 2 Homicides
Under age 10: 9 Homicides
Ages 15-18: 8 Homicides
Please keep in mind that not all crimes against children are reported to authorities, so it is more likely than not, that the statistical numbers are even higher.
Cameron was born December 23, 1999 into the arms of Cynthia Sweats. He was a very healthy and absolutely adorable 8 lbs and 11 oz. little bundle of joy. He grew into such a sweet and precious 3-year-old. He was THAT CHILD who could walk into a room and people always noticed him & his BIG bright smile.
Cameron loved "Air Force Ones" by Nelly. He also enjoyed singing to the songs he knew on the radio and dancing until he fell down laughing.
"Cameron loved to cuddle up next to me and lay on my stomach, He used to hear all the gurgling going on and he would mimic the sounds that he heard! He used to make me laugh so hard doing that!"
Samuel Christopher Jones Offender ID:
212953, was a long time family friend who was trusted to watch Cameron on one occasion, so Cynthia could go to work. Jones brutally beat Cameron to death on February 7, 2003.
Jones told detectives he had fell of the counter. Duct tape with blood on it was found in the trash to cover Cameron's screams. Cameron has bruises all over his little body and a big boot print on his back. Cameron was rushed to the hospital but he passed away the very next morning while on life support.
Jones accepted a plea bargain on the lesser charge of second-degree "Unintentional" Homicide. In November 2003, the max the judge could sentence Jones was to 20 years in MN State Prison.
Jones was released from prison on March 8, 2017 after only serving 14 years. He violated parole May 2017. He went back to prison and was released AGAIN, on August 1, 2017. Jones is to remain on parole until 2023 and be listed as a predatory offender for life. This is NOT and will NEVER be justice for Cynthia's Loss!
MANY MINNESOTA CHILD HOMICIDE CASES have received the same light sentencing too. We NEED a law with HARSHER sentencing specifically FOR children!
Due to the injustice Cynthia faced behind her son's murder, she made it her personal mission to change the law on child murder since April 2013. From there, Cynthia became the founder of "Fighting for Cameron and Kids".
Currently, she is in college At National American University and will graduate in June 2019 with her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. From there, she plans to continue her education to obtain her Bachelor's Degree In Criminal Justice and anticipates graduating in 2020. Cynthia plans to use her knowledge and skills to better advocate for changing laws for our children.
This mission cannot be completed alone. FFCAK needs your support to make this happen! SIGN THE PETITION!
Seek lawmakers to implement "Cameron Norris Law" as a Child Murder law in Minnesota. "Cameron Norris Law" MUST be implemented into the First-Degree Murder Statute for adults who murder a child in order for the convicted offender to receive a life sentence.
As apart of this law, a plea bargain of Second-Degree "Intentional" Murder will be offered. This plea bargain will provide the offender an opportunity for parole after 40 years (26 served years with good time). HOWEVER, if the offender is non-compliant and cannot meet the terms of the plea bargain agreement, the offender will forfeit the plea bargain, and remain in prison for life. #CameronNorrisLaw
February 2017: FOX 9 - "Cameron's Law: Mother pushes for longer sentences."
February 2017: WCCO 4 NEWS - "Mother Of Murdered Boy Pushing For Tougher Laws On Child Killers."
March 2017 - FOX 9 NEWS - "Cameron's Law: Mother fights to change law after son's beating death."
FFCAK Advocates thanks you for coming to our page and learning about what we are working hard to do for victimized children. YOU CAN HELP make a BIG difference with your support!
OUR RESOLUTION TO CHILD HOMICIDE
Be it resolved...that the DFL make it a Legislative Priority to pass Cameron Norris Law, allowing to put into place guidelines for sentencing of adults that commit child homicides. Offenders will be charged with 1st degree homicide, when arrested and booked into jail. The offender is given the choice to go to trial or take the "Intentional Second-Degree Murder" plea deal. The plea deal will be an intense and extensive rehabilitative program that can provide parole to the offender after 40 years, only if all requirements and terms of the plea deal are met.
Your love contribution will help us further our mission to change the law. It will further help us to pursue our mission to provide support to families in need. TOGETHER we can make a BIG difference.