Representative Richard Henderson says he filed the bill after a conversation with a constituent who was concerned with all the drama unfolding in a Florida courtroom, but he says he hopes the bill will correct what he calls a gray area in Kentucky's law.
He says most people...most parents wouldn't hesitate to report a missing child....
"The first 15 minutes, they'd be frantically looking for the child, the next 15, they'd be calling everyone, including 911," said Rep. Henderson, D-Jeffersonsville.
But Casey Anthony was found guilty of lying to police over the disappearance of her 2 year old daughter. The child was missing 31 days before anyone called police. This bill..if made law in Kentucky..would create a felony if a parent or caregiver...doesn't report a child under the age of 12 missing within 12 hours of its disappearance.
"But if that particular incident happens in Kentucky...we want to be prepared, if it saves one life, it's worth it," said Henderson.
Anyone who breaks the law would face a felony charge..and sentence of 1 to 5 years punishment.
Henderson says he wants to correct the current law's loophole, but also he believes it could be a preventative measure.
"#1 it might deter a parent or a guardian who is not thinking properly...if they think they have to report this within 12 hours..it might stop them from creating a heinous crime," he said.
Kentucky State Police say they normally don't comment on pre-filed bills, because they haven't had an opportunity to carefully overlook and study what's in them. But spokeperson and Lt. David Jude says they would support anything that would help them get information faster.
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