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Question of the Day: 'Caylee's Law'


One of the most shocking aspects of the recently concluded Casey Anthony trail was that no one, including Anthony, reported Caylee Anthony missing or dead until a month after her mysterious disappearance.

Michelle Crowder of Durant Oklahoma is embarking on a mission to make the failure of reporting a missing child a federal crime. 

Crowder created a "Caylee's Law" petition, which has already become the most popular online campaign in's history. The petition has collected more than 610,040 online signatures.

The Caylee's Law petition is seeking to establish two new federal offenses:

  • The failure of a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker to notify law enforcement of a missing child within 24 hours. According to Crowder, the word "caretaker" applies to anyone who is in an authoritative position over a child including camp counselors, babysitters, teachers, grandparents, parents of friends, etc. The last person in charge of a child would be the one held responsible for not notifying the authorities of the child's disappearance.

  • The failure to report the death of a child within one hour of discovery.

Recently four states – New York, Florida, Oklahoma and West Virginia – have also begun the process of enacting "Caylee's Law." 

Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) announced he is calling for the creation of Caylee’s Law, a bill that would make it a crime for parents or caregivers who fail to report the death of a child. (READ MORE)

Publication date: 
Monday, July 11, 2011 - 00:00