State senator to pitch “Caylee’s Law”

The death of two–year–old Caylee Anthony has many people puzzled about why it took so long to report her missing.  Now there is a national push for change and a Nebraska senator is hoping on board.

Caylee's Law would make it a felony for a parent or guardian to not report a missing child within 24 hours.

Casey Anthony waited 31 days to report that her child, two–year–old Caylee, had been missing.  Caylee's body was found badly decomposed in the Florida woods several months later.

The evidence to convict her mother of murder was not enough.

Mike Wilson of Lincoln is father to two and calls last week's verdict disappointing.  Wilson says, “If you go through the trouble of having a child, anytime that child is out of your sight for more than a few minutes, you would want help in finding that child.  I can't fathom a need for a law but in our society today, sadly, evidently we do.”

That's why Senator Pete Pirsch of Omaha plans to move forward with Caylee's Law next legislative session.  The former prosecutor says tragic events like the one in Florida don't happen often here, but the state needs to be prepared to deal with it.  “I do think that when it does happen, if it does happen, the magnitude of the tragedy is so great, it just makes common sense to have a law in the books to deal with it.”

The law would make it a felony when parents or guardians fail to report that a child is missing.  More than $1.2 million people have signed a virtual petition to make Caylee's Law a federal law.

So far five states, including Nebraska, have drafted or plan to draft a version of Caylee's Law.