Time for a "Caylee's Law" to protect children

July 11, 2011

Recently, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony ("Anthony cleared in death," July 6). Despite being found guilty of lying to law enforcement, she is expected to go free in a matter of days.

I'm writing to propose that a new law be put into effect making it a felony for a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker to not notify law enforcement of the death of his or her child, accidental or otherwise, within one hour of that death being discovered.

Also, states should make it a felony for a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker to not notify law enforcement of the disappearance of a child within 24 hours so proper steps can be taken to find that child before it's too late.

The case of Caylee Anthony was tragic, and there is no reason for another case like this one to hit the courts. Let's do what is necessary to prevent another case like this from happening.

Beth Johnson, Pasadena

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