SALEM, Ore. (AP) - One Oregon lawmaker is tapping into public outrage over the not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony, the Florida mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Republican Rep. Shawn Lindsay of Hillsboro said Tuesday he will introduce "Caylee's Law" next year. The legislation would require a parent, guardian or caretaker to report a child's death or disappearance within 24 yours.
“As a parent, there’s nothing more frightening than the loss or disappearance of a child,” Lindsay said. “Unfortunately, recent events in Florida show some parents don’t share the same sense of urgency during such an emergency. Caylee’s Law will help ensure that law enforcement is notified immediately so they can pursue justice for an innocent child.”
Caylee Anthony was last seen in June 2008 but was not reported missing until a month later.
A jury this month acquitted Casey Anthony of murder charges, convicting her only of lying to investigators looking into the child's death.
“I am listening to the outpouring of phone calls and emails I have received urging the Legislature to adopt this important measure,” Lindsay said. “I agree that someday, Caylee’s Law may save the life of a child in Oregon. I look forward to bringing this bill to the Legislature in 2012.”
Lawmakers in more than a dozen other states have proposed similar legislation.
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