No action was taken on the bill..with the sponsors saying it needs to be tweaked and improved..with a possible vote in committee next week.
The bill as it is written now would make it a felony to not report missing a child 12 and younger within 12 hours. It is called Caylee's Law because Caylee Anthony was found dead in Florida but her family did not immediately report her missing. Several concerns were aired in committee today, such as what if a parent thought the child was at a sleepover or didn’t know they were in immediate danger. And the department of public advocacy had some problems with the bill possibly targeting the mentally challenged.
“It could be a person with mental retardation, could be a person with mental illness, could be a single mom who lives in a chaotic environment,” said Ky Public Advocate Ernie Lewis.
“We don’t want to make every babysitter, every guardian a convict. There’s some language that needs to be strengthened,” said Rep. Keith Hall, D-Phelps.