ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly will consider a bill that would require parents or guardians to promptly notify police about dead or missing children.
The Cumberland Times-News reported Thursday that Delegate Kevin Kelly pre-filed the bill for the 2012 legislative session.
The Allegany County Democrat is calling it “Caylee’s Law” in memory of Caylee Anthony, a 2-year-old Florida girl who died in 2008. Caylee’s mother Casey Anthony didn’t report her disappearance for a month. She was acquitted of murder in July.
The bill would make it a felony not to report a child’s death within two hours.
Missing children under 13 would have to be reported within 24 hours. Missing older children would have to be reported within 48 hours.
Similar bills have been filed in at least 12 states.
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