Gabby Petito family praise 'step in right direction' after harrowing footage of their daughter in flood of tears emerged

GABBY Petito's family has applauded a new law supporting victims of domestic violence after footage revealed their daughter in tears before her disappearance.

The Gabby Petito Foundation reacted to the new Missouri legislation titled "The Victims Economic Safety and Security Act" saying, "Certainly a step in the right direction."



The law states that victims of domestic and sexual violence are allowed protected time off work.

This means if someone is facing violence at home and needs time off to seek medical care or find a safer living situation, they can do so without fear of losing their job.

This comes after bodycam footage was revealed of a distressed Gabby Petito, 22, with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, after the two were pulled over.

BODYCAM FOOTAGE

A hysterical Gabby told cops that Laundrie "grabbed" her face, left a "burning" gash on her cheek, and red marks on her arm.

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Dr Ann Wolbert Burgess, a behavioral scientist, reviewed the footage showing Gabby being quizzed by male officers.

She told NewsNationNow: “What we don’t have is the female police officer that spends time with her while the male police officers are talking to Laundrie.

“Look how upset she is. She’s trembling, she’s half-sobbing, she’s moving her hands. She’s very very emotional at this particular time.”

In the harrowing bodycam footage, the vlogger recalled a clash that she and Laundrie had outside the Moonflower Cafe. 

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She said that their morning had been “stressful” and explained to cops that she had been apologizing to Laundrie for her OCD.

Gabby shows cops red marks on her arm as they notice some bruises.

She said: "Well, he like grabbed me, like, with his nail, and I guess that's why it hurts. I definitely have a cut. Like, I can feel it."

The officers pointed out the soreness on Gabby’s arm and one cop said: “What happened here, here and there?”

The vlogger responded: “I’m not sure. It happened really fast.”

She then started to well up in tears as she said she was trying to get back into the car and retrieve her bag, sobbing "and the backpack got me."

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This comes as Gabby Petito's family wants Brian Laundrie's parents to testify in court – as the family's "wish list" of witnesses in their lawsuit has been revealed in the ongoing legal battle between the families.

Meanwhile, Brian Laundrie's parents hit back at allegations that they covered up Petito's murder and defended their silence during the search for her.

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