ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Victims of home invasions are offering praise for a new Maryland law that will make the nightmarish crime legally distinct from burglary and carry a stiffer penalty starting in October.
Monique Anderson will likely never forget the night in January 2011 when armed men stormed into her Silver Spring home while her new baby was cradled in her mother-in-law's arms.
"It was definitely terrifying because I just brought this little girl into the world and I was scared that it was going to be her last day," Anderson says.
"A home invasion is different from a burglary, a home invasion is just not the same," says Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, who brought together crime victims who support the new law and state legislators who helped guide the legislation through the Maryland General Assembly. The governor signed the bill into law April 14.