Garrett's Law Passed

March 28, 2005--Posted at 5:30 p.m. CST

PARAGOULD-- A grandmother's tragedy is turned to triumph with a law passed in her grandson's name.

It's been a long battle for a little boy whose life was cut short.

Garrett's grandmother Betty Stahl says, "I promised Garrett that I would do something to honor him and his memory so that his death wouldn't be in vain."

She said that when tragedy struck it was only natural for her to fight for other children who could be harmed by a parent's use of illegal substances. However, the journey to implement Garrett's Law was met with much opposition.

"I would just keep praying, you know, Lord, this is in your hands. If it is meant to be, it will be," Stahl says.

And it was...Garrett's Law was passed after months of hard work and research by his family members and state representatives.

On Thursday, when the bill was passed into law, and Garrett's grandmother says the decision was surpassingly clear.

"I think it was like 81 to one or something like that, and it was just like, Yes! The sun's shinin' and it'll keep shinin'," Stahl says.

Garrett's Law will make it mandatory for health care officials to contact authorities if any baby is born with an illegal substance in their system or if any child develops a health care problem that is drug related.

Garrett's grandmother says it's a law that will keep her grandson's memory alive.

"I know that Garrett is in the Lord's hands and he has been since April 14th, 2004. He's not hurting anymore. He's in the Lord's hands, and he's sending a message," Stahl says.