State Sen. Ed Houck said Monday that he will introduce a bill during the next legislative session that stems from the case of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida.
“Caylee’s Law” would make it a felony for a parent, guardian or caretaker to fail to notify law enforcement within 24 hours after a child is discovered missing.
“Protecting children who are abused, exploited or missing must be a top priority of our state’s criminal justice system,” Houck (D-Spotsylvania) said. “The death of young Caylee Anthony was tragic, and the inability of Florida prosecutors to bring charges against Caylee’s mother for failing to report her daughter’s disappearance deprived them of an important legal tool.”
Caylee’s mother, Casey, was found not guilty of murdering her daughter. She was convicted of providing false information to law enforcement officials.
Caylee’s Law has been enacted or is being considered in at least 32 other states, according to Houck’s office.
Houck’s district consists of the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania and the city of Fredericksburg. He faces a tough reelection challenge against Republican Bryce Reeves in November.