Caylee’s Law

In response to the Casey Anthony trial, where the mother didn’t notify police that her daughter was missing for over 30 days, lawmakers are pushing for a law that requires parents to notify the police within 24 hours. And it has a lot of support. But not mine.

It is a well-intentioned but pointless law. I believe their hearts are in the right place though. The problem with this law is that, a good parent will notify the police within 24 hours and probably before. You don’t need this law to make you call the police if your child is missing, its just another law to use to throw someone in jail.

For not notifying the police you can nail the parent(s) with child neglect. We have enough laws, dumb ones, oppressive ones, and ones like this that make people feel good about themselves and accomplish nothing that isn’t already taken care of.


5 thoughts on “Caylee’s Law

  1. I disagree its not the kids fault mommy & daddy are worthless & it should be mandatory for the useless to notify. Maybe some helpless babies will be helped instead of this happening again.


    • A law will not stop someone willing to break it. Child neglect laws already cover this. The speed limit is a law that’s broken all the time. Only those who are willing to follow it, will do it. If my kid is missing, after a thorough search of the property, I’ll call the police. Same day.

      Casey Anthony would not have informed the police if this law had been in effect. So for forcing compliance, this law will be ineffective in making anyone already unwilling to call the police.


  2. I agree, pointless law playing on the heart strings of many. Interestingly enough, don’t you have to wait 24 hours before a person is actually considered missing?

    Also, that is exactly what will happen, this is just another oppressive law that will be used for something it wasn’t intended (or advertised ) as.


    • “But is it possible to estimate time of death accurately enough soon after a death? “It’s very unrealistic,” says Ralph BouHaidar, a forensic pathologist at the University of Edinburgh, UK. “We tend to be good at determining time of death in the first 24 to 48 hours, but even then we estimate it plus or minus a couple of hours,” he says.”

      From the article. Damn inconvenient facts.


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