Only two days after Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, four different states are in the process of drafting legislation in hopes of finally delivering some form of justice to the case.
Lawmakers in Florida, New York, West Virginia, and Oklahoma all announced that they plan to propose a version of “Caylee’s Law”, which would punish parents/guardians who do not notify authorities when a child goes missing. This announcement comes after an online petition for the creation of such a law went viral and received 300,000 signatures only two days after Casey Anthony‘s “not guilty” ruling!
ABC news.com reports that the law, created by an Oklahoman resident, caught the eye of representative Paul Wesselhoft who was outraged at the “not guilty” verdict. Wesselhoft plans to propose a law at the start of Oklahoma’s legislative session in 2012 that would make it a felony for a parent or guardian not to notify authorities within 24 hours of a child’s death. He also plans to propose a requirement for parents to notify runaways under the age of 12 in a timely manner.
While this law will not prevent crimes from happening, it will at least provide prosecutors with a charge to serve to bad parents like Casey Anthony. “If this law existed in Florida, Casey Anthony would be serving more jail time,” Wesselhoft said.
Legislation being drafted in Florida would go as far as to make not reporting a missing child a felony. Casey Anthony did not report her daughter Caylee missing for 31 days. Eventually, Caylee’s grandmother was the one who called the missing toddler in.
The petition for the federal “Caylee’s law” went viral on Change.org after its creator spotted a popular Facebook page encouraging that justice be served for little Caylee.
Tuesday’s verdict left everyone — including numerous celebs (like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian) — outraged and shocked, but hopefully this new law will prevent a situation like this from ever happening again.
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