NEW HAVEN, N.H. — New Hampshire’s governor says his administration is considering changing its state law that allows brain scans of children to be considered evidence in a criminal trial.
The change would allow the state’s criminal justice system to examine and consider whether a child was brain-damaged as evidence, Gov.
Maggie Hassan said Monday.
Hassan told The Associated Press she was not aware of the proposal and said the governor is working to work with lawmakers on the issue.
She said she expects a proposal to be made this summer.
Hastan, a Republican, said she believes brain scans can help children with autism and other developmental disorders.
She was responding to a report in The New Hampshire Union Leader that the state would allow brain scans in child abuse cases.
The state has no law that requires children to have a medical exam before being given a brain scan.
State Sen. Jeff Smith, a Democrat, said the law was outdated.
He said the brain scans should only be considered in child cases when the child has an extreme and potentially life-threatening condition and there is a reasonable likelihood that the child will suffer permanent harm.
He said the state should consider a change to the law to make the scans more likely to be accepted in child custody cases.
State officials said they would review the proposal.