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Ariz. House passes reporting of missing kids bill

The House has approved so-called “Caylee’s Law” bill inspired by the Casey Anthony case in Florida.

Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti (you-gen-tee) of Scottsdale sponsored the bill, which would make it a felony punishable by a presumptive sentence of 1 1/2 years if a parent to fails to report that a child under age six has been missing for 24 hours.

More than a dozen other states have considered similar legislation after Casey Anthony didn’t report 2-year-old Caylee Anthony missing for about a month. The mother was acquitted of murder in the daughter’s death.

Ugenti says police need to begin searching quickly and that parents must be held responsible for their children.

The bill now advances to the Senate.

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One comment

  1. This bill is necessary to make parents more accountable in reporting missing children. Between Arpaio’s 432 uninvestigated sex crimes and the City of Phoenix 2,500 uninvestigated child sex crimes, legislators we have a problem regarding the safety of children. The recommendations of the state’s child protective services is an added dimension that impacts our children. So what are your legislative actions to resolve these “many” issues regarding our children?

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