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"Caylee's Law" to be formerly introduced to Oklahoma lawmakers!

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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An Oklahoma lawmaker said on Wednesday that he has plans of introducing a law called the "Caylee's law" in his state requiring parents to swiftly report the death or disappearance of a child in the first legislation stemming from the death of the Florida toddler.




After the jury finding Casey Anthony not guilty on Tuesday of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, this report has come across.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found in woods near the Anthony family home with duct tape dangling from her skull.

Casey was convicted of lying to police initially saying Caylee had been kidnapped by her nanny. This triggered a nationwide search before her remains were found six months later.

"It is unconscionable for a parent to delay notifying the authorities of the death of their child. Most parents would immediately notify authorities if their child had gone missing," state Rep. PaulWesselhoft said, adding he planned to introduce the law in Oklahoma's 2012 legislative session, a Reuters report said.

"Any delay could endanger the life of the child and, in the case of a child's death, make it that much harder to collect evidence. I think the actions of Caylee's mother were reprehensible," he added, saying most people he met felt that Casey Anthony "escaped true justice".

According to prosecutors, Casey smothered Caylee to free herself from the responsibilities of motherhood, whereas the defense argued that the child had died in an accidental drowning at the family swimming pool.

Wesselhoft said it was a problem that there were no laws regulating the timely reporting of a child's death or disappearance, and that the law should give a parent 24 hours to report the death of a child and 48 hours to report a child under age 12 as missing, said the report.

"Violation of this law would be a maximum misdemeanor or a felony conviction. Oklahomans do not want to experience a situation such as what occurred in the Caylee Anthony case," said Wesselhoft, a Republican.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/175742/20110707/casey-antony-calyee-law-okhlahoma-law-maker-case-trial-update.htm
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Rhyne
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM
Bump!!!
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Ashmom614
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM

BUMP!

Allisonc7910
by Gold Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Good now I hope that all other states follow their lead.

mackQuin
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:43 AM

 thats awesome.

 but three legal experts on the today show called the idea of the law pointless and it wouldnt' really help anything.

granted one of thsoe was star jones but still.

lgraff68
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

BUMP

Christine0813
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Agree.

Quoting Allisonc7910:

Good now I hope that all other states follow their lead.


i.heart.nerds
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM
I hope Illinois gets that soon. BTW, I loved getting emails from the Caylees law site saying 30 people signed the petition because of my recommendations.
TASHA23
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

*bump*

Reese.Cup
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I read on MSNBC that they're trying to make it a federal law, which would apply to all states.  So glad to hear that Change.org was able to make a difference!!!

epoh
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM
Shouldn't failing to know the where-a-bouts of your minor child fall under negligence?
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