Lawmaker wants Caylee's law in Kentucky

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 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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  • by Sam Location: Lex on Jul 9, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    typical of politions they still haven't looked at what the jury saw, The Constitution says innocent until proven guilty. Jury comments have said the prosecution didn't prove beyond a reasonable dought. Therefore you are Innocent. Stop the grandstanding political idiots and look at what the founding fathers saw.
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on Jul 9, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Kentucky is NUMBER ONE for child abuse.
  • by Ashley Location: Manchester on Jul 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM
    I hope this law passes!
  • by Mark Location: Frankfort on Jul 8, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    I have followed this case & trial from day one.... Any guardian that does not report a missing child within 30 minutes should be held accountable and if not then they should be charged for neglect. Just as if I spanked my child in Walmart and another customer witnessed it & thought it was cruel an in just punishment they could call child services & possibly remove my child from my care. Come on give me a break, not to report a child missing is a natural instinct and responsibility of any guardian!!!!!!
  • by Kim Location: Jamestown, Ky. on Jul 8, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    Isn't it a shame that we have to consider laws to enforce what people should do anyway. I really believe this would be a wasted one anyway. A person that doesn't report their child missing isn't worried about being a law abiding citizen.
  • by CommonSense on Jul 8, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    FACT: The passing of a law does not stop crime from happening, it just turns a citizen into a criminal.
  • by Valarie Tavane Thomas Phillips on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    This should be a no brainer! I really never thought about it before the Anthony case; this is a law that should definitely be in place stat!
  • by Tina Location: Lexington on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    I don't think the law is to tell you that's it a good idea to report a missing child. The law is to make it punishable if you do not report a missing or dead child. There are too many loopholes in the law - anything that closes up some of them is probably a good thing.
  • by Jim Location: Winchester on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Do any of you really believe this will help???? I honestly don't think some freak will think twice about some felony charge when considering killing some child... they are just to far gone. If it does stop someone I would be willing to bet money they are not the type to kill a child in the first place.
  • by Andrea Location: Lexington,Ky on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    OMG, if it aint one thing it is another, when is it ever going to be that people should be able to live freely with out all these made up laws live gods law and let the rest be.
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