The Casey Anthony murder trial verdict of ‘Not Guilty’ has fueled a media frenzy and hit home with many astonished moms. One of the most unfathomable aspects of the Casey Anthony murder trial was that no one reported 2-year-old Caylee Anthony missing until a month after her disappearance. Leaving many to wonder: What loving mother wouldn’t report her child missing even after just 1 or 2 days?
Michelle Crowder of Durant, Oklahoma, is one woman who has set out on a mission to ensure that this sort of case doesn’t happen again. She is trying to make “failure to report a missing child” a federal crime. Crowder has created “Caylee’s Law” petition, which is circulating online and rapidly collecting signatures. The petition had more than 475,000 online signatures by Thursday afternoon, just two days after the jury had acquitted Anthony of murder charges.
Crowder writes, “The case of Caylee Anthony was tragic, and there is no reason for another case like this one to hit the courts. “She pleads, “Let’s do what is necessary to prevent another case like this from happening.”
The Caylee’s Law petition calls for establishing two new federal offenses: the failure of a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker to notify law enforcement of a missing child within 24 hours, and the failure to report the death of a child within one hour of discovery. Seems like common sense to any parent, right!?
How do you feel about Caylee’s Law?