Establishes Penalties for Failing to Report, Concealing Death or Disappearance of Children
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) has submitted legislation that establishes criminal penalties for failing to report the death or disappearance of a child. The bill is named for Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, whose disappearance and death went unreported for nearly a month.
“It is actually with a bit of reluctance that I submit this legislation, as government really should not have to legislate where common sense should prevail,” said Kean. “But common sense dictates that a parent or guardian who does not to report the disappearance or death of a child in their care should be considered criminally negligent.”
If passed, Caylee’s Law would make it a crime of the second degree for a parent, guardian, or caregiver not to report a child that has gone missing or deceased within 24 hours.
“Equally important, this bill would impose new penalties on anyone who endangers the welfare of a child by failing to report that child’s death or disappearance or who conceals such death or disappearance. There is no excuse for not cooperating with law enforcement when it comes to a potentially harmed, missing or worse, a deceased child, and this bill ensures that penalties exist for those who knowingly stand in the way of justice.”