What an awful story. Mitchelle Blair, a 35-year-old Michigan mother, was arrested in late March and charged with the murder of two of her children, 3-year-old Stoni Ann Blair and 8-year-old Stephen Gage Berry.

The kids’ bodies were found in a freezer when a sheriff’s deputy was serving Blair with eviction papers.

It has been reported that Blair was homeschooling the kids, but because Michigan does not require the state to follow up on homeschooled students, there are a number of local politicians now calling for compulsory monitoring in order to prevent more tragedies such as this:

Exit question: If the grandparents of these two kids didn’t report or stop the abuse, what exactly do legislators think new laws, however well-intentioned, will accomplish?