In the wake of a non-guilty verdict for Casey Anthony killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, states throughout the country have proposed creating new laws, including two bills in California.
“Caylee’s Law” would make it a felony not to report the death or disappearance of a child after so much time has passed. The premise of the law stems from the fact Anthony did not report her child missing for 31 days. In California, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) introduced on Friday AB 1432, which would make it a felony in California to fail to report the death or disappearance of a child 14-years-old or younger to law enforcement officials within 24 hours.
“Law enforcement has known for years that the first 48 hours of a person’s disappearance are critical to the chances of finding that child alive and successfully prosecuting any related criminal behavior,” Mitchell said.
The other proposal California lawmakers will consider was a bill three Assembly members co-sponsored. The bill that Assemblymembers Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa) and Cathleen Galgiani (D-Tracy) introduced on Friday was similar to Mitchell’s bill, but it would make it a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report the death of a child to authorities within two hours. It would make it a felony to not report a missing child under the age of 12 within 48 hours.
Even though the bills are in the early stages of the political process, San Bernardino County’s Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres said she supported Mitchell’s “Caylee’s Law” proposal.
“As a former 911 dispatcher, I know how crucial the first 48 hours are to save a child’s life,” Torres said in a statement. “We’ll probably never know what happened to Caylee. As a mother, I’m outraged that a loving parent of a vulnerable child would wait 31 days and fail to report her child was missing. For the past week, I have received over 500 emails from constituents expressing their frustrations over the Caylee Anthony tragedy.
“In these letters, my constituents have asked me to support a law that will make it a felony for a parent, legal guardian or caretaker that has failed to notify law enforcement of the disappearance of a child within 24 hours. I support Caylee’s Law because we have to do everything we can to protect our children. I urge for the prompt passage of AB 1432. As a community we have to stand together to prevent this from happening again.”
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