(VIDEO)-A severe child abuse incident turns into a cause.
Last year, then 18 month old Gracie Smith was physically abused. The infant suffered a fractured skull, bleeding from the brain, abdominal injuries, and she was bruised head to toe.
The former boyriend of the girl's mother faces charges for the abuse.
Luckily, Gracie, now 2, has fully recovered. The mom, Karmen Toney, Gracie's father, Blake Smith and their families are now trying to get a law passed to register child abusers, similar to how sex offenders are.
It's been almost 8 months since this happened and Toney says this still hurts.
The family is seeking almost 300,000 petition signatures. So far, they have several thousand.
A family's personal experience with child abuse, spurns action to help prevent other cases.
For more information, or to sign the petition:
--Go to Facebook, and enter Child Abuse Justice For Gracie
--go to www.change.org/petitions/create-a-law