Nashville, TN (2011-07-20) Representative Kelly Keisling (R—Byrdstown), along with several other members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus, unveiled legislation last week that will create “Caylee Anthony’s Law” in Tennessee.
The bill (HB2162) when passed into law will make it a criminal offense for a parent and/or parents to fail to report their child(ren) missing after 24 hours of their disappearance. The new legislation will designate the violation of this new law as a Class E felony.
The idea and reasoning behind the new legislation stems from the tragic case in Florida, in which, Casey Anthony, mother of Caylee Anthony (age 2), failed to report her daughter’s disappearance to the proper authorities after going missing for 30 days. The case brought a national public outcry for change in laws regarding missing children.
“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation that keeps the memory of little Caylee alive,” stated Representative Keisling. “Our children are our most precious resources, and they need every protection they can be given. We don’t want another situation like we just experienced in Florida to happen here in our great state.”
HB2162 was filed with the House Clerk’s office last week, but will not have a hearing until the legislature reconvenes in January.