TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Nicholas J. Sacco and Linda R. Greenstein which will make it a felony for failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours or for failing to report a death was signed into law today.
“Cooperation between parents and law enforcement is imperative in the search and rescue of missing children and drastically increases the chances of locating them in a timely manner, while they are still alive,” said Senator Sacco (D-Hudson/Bergen). “Caylee’s Law adds specific and strict guidelines to the law as to when and who parents must contact when their child disappears.”
“The case of Caylee Anthony, the two-year-old child whose mother Casey failed to report her missing for 31 days, has uncovered inconsistencies and inadequacies in our law that allow negligent parents to go without answering for their actions,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “By increasing the crime of failing to report your missing child or a death to a fourth degree felony, hopefully, we can deter parents and guardians who believe that they can deceive or evade law enforcement.”