ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Casey Anthony’s “not guilty” verdict is having an effect in Maryland. One lawmaker says her phones are ringing with demands from Marylanders to do something to prevent similar cases here.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on plans for a “Caylee Anthony” law.

The prosecution failed to prove its case to the jury.

The mother portrayed as a party girl and accused of suffocating her daughter Caylee with duct tape to get her out of the way of her good time is not guilty of murder, but State Senator Nancy Jacobs thinks something else she did or didn’t do should be a crime.

“Not reporting that your child is missing, I mean how often does that happen? Casey should have reported her child was missing,” Jacobs said.

She did not report Caylee missing for 31 days, although she was charged with and convicted of lying to investigators.

Jacobs tells WJZ that Marylanders have been calling in outrage.

“We’ve been getting 30-40 e-mails a day,” she said. “And I’ve been getting them on my personal email too from people who are just up in arms.”

Jacobs has pre-filed a bill to make failure to report a child missing or dead a felony in the state of Maryland.

“Evidently there is a national group that is doing this and putting alerts out, going after all of their state legislatures all over the county because they feel like a great injustice has been done,” Jacobs said.

You would think that reporting a child missing or deceased would be a reflex action, but as the county is now painfully aware that’s not always the case.

Research is underway to determine what laws currently exist that might apply to cases such as Caylee’s.

Comments (19)
  1. J.P. says:

    It should be a felony not to report your child missing period after a certain time frame!

  2. George says:

    Great, ANOTHER law, how about enforcing the laws that ALREADY exist (child neglect). I love these people that want a law for everything. How are MD gun laws doing? It only discriminates against LAW-ABIDING individuals who just want a CHANCE to protect themselves.

    1. O'MALLEY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016 says:

      I agree, how is the law to make young black males keep their pants up going? How’s that C.S. no Prop 2A.

      When are all you conservatives going to realize, we don’t need more laws. It scares me to think about how bad off this country would be if not for educated, forward thinking Democrats keeping our country afloat!

      1. overregulated says:


        This is Maryland, idiot!!

        DEMOCRATIC AND UBER LIBERAL – and the Nanny State

        Another liberal with head in rear end

    2. two says:

      So True ! If have a gun in maryland you can,t really use it for protection?

  3. Common Sense says:

    Really? How do you relate this to gun laws? Seriously it’s bad for the Pro 2A movement to stretch everything to your point of view.

    It isnt child neglect if the child dies of natural causes and you do not report it. There is not crime that covers this. I’m all for it to keep any wacko who wants to keep a deceased child.

  4. bmoregyrl says:

    I don’t think it should be a federal not to report a death, some people are scared because of how things can go when people investigate because it takes one person not to like someone and make it more than what it is. If the prosecution had evidence to show that she killed her daughter then she would stay in jail. But the prosecution did not present the case and there was no motive as to why she would kill her daughter. I think that her parents knows what happened and thru her under the bus. Chill on new laws lets deal with what we have now.

  5. Katy says:

    The case is over. Let’s just move on.

    1. david says:

      Beside JP… I sincerely hope none of you ever reproduce. And if you have, god help us all
      NOTHING that promotes the rights of innocent children is wrong. EVER.
      Anyone who can take something that is a proactive response to the death of an innocent 2 year old child and complain about it has something seriously wrong with them.
      Go and hang your heads in shame. You are all beyond disgusting. Sad.

    2. Tabbykat says:

      You must not have any children,so you would’nt understand why people can not let this go.If she did’nt kill her daughter why wait to call police.why was the little girl found in the woods, with duct tape on her mouth in a trash bag,come on now.what has this world coming to.Nobody knows what happened they are all liars.So I hope they can not live with theirselves,knowing what they know,and what they did.

  6. david says:

    @common sense… i should have said beside you and jp… i misread your comment but now i get it.

  7. adraine says:

    i agree with common sense

  8. George says:

    @ Common Sense: How do I relate in to Gun Laws, simple another uselss law is not going to protect the innocent and soon-to-be victim(s) (again lets enforce the laws ALREADY on the books). There ARE laws that DO encompass not knowing where your child is.

    As for your example, we are talking about things OTHER than natural causes.

  9. Mike says:

    I agree with George.

  10. Rick says:

    Gun laws in Maryland PROTECT the CRIMINALS!

  11. bmoregyrl says:

    I am not saying it should be a law. But don’t jump into something because of one little girl when there are thousands out there that go thru it everyday. No one knows what happened to her. The evidence was not there to support a guilty verdict and the tape that everyone keeps pointing to did not have any DNA on the tape from the little girl or the mother. So let’s see what laws that they have now instead of making another law when it may not be needed.

  12. 1uniquemonique says:

    Why wasn’t Casey Anthony charged with child neglect? That would have covered not reporting the child missing.

  13. Wow. This is crazy why would you kill your OWN DAUGHTER THAT’S MESSED UP that little girl did nothing wrong… That little girl is so cute she never diserverd to die…. She gone but NEVER FORGOTTEN

  14. Tina Farrar says:

    Everyone knows she killed her daughter.

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