SOUTH WEBER -- A parent's gender cannot be considered in custody cases, now that Gov. Gary Herbert has signed Aubree Jo's Law.
Herbert signed House Bill 88 in a ceremonial bill-signing at HighMark Charter School on Thursday. Those in attendance included sponsor Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, and the family of Aubree Jo Anderson, whose death inspired the bill.
Aubree Jo was 3 years old when she died Feb. 23, 2011, in a single-car crash. Her mother was driving with marijuana and OxyContin in her system when she crashed.
Aburee's grandparents, Dale and Julie Anderson, believe the death could have been prevented if their son was not denied his parental rights to custody.
Julie Anderson said: "The governor signing HB88 is the final step in a very long journey for our family and for families across Utah. We are hopeful this bill will protect other children from the tragedy our family experienced."