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Delegate set to introduce ‘Caylee’s Law’ bill

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly will consider a bill that would require parents or guardians to promptly notify police about dead or missing children.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Thursday that Delegate Kevin Kelly pre-filed the bill for the 2012 legislative session.

The Allegany County Democrat is calling it “Caylee’s Law” in memory of Caylee Anthony, a 2-year-old Florida girl who died in 2008. Caylee’s mother Casey Anthony didn’t report her disappearance for a month. She was acquitted of murder in July.

The bill would make it a felony not to report a child’s death within two hours.

Missing children under 13 would have to be reported within 24 hours. Missing older children would have to be reported within 48 hours.

Similar bills have been filed in at least 12 states.


  1. I support this bill and hope it gets passed into a law.

  2. I hope this law gets passed in all states.

  3. I applaud this bill moving forward into Law. I remember when little Adam Walsh dissappeared back in the 70’s and the fear I had because my sons were so small. I cannot imagine anyone not reporting their child missing within just minutes of realizing the fact. I think the name Cayley’s Law is so appropriate. I’m still dissappointed in the outcome of that trial. I fully believe that anyone who would wait a month to report their child as missing, a child of any age, is guilty of something. I have grandchildren now and would be ready to tear up the city if one of them were missing. Please put this bill into law and stop the insanity.

  4. absolutely!! Kaylee’s Law should be enacted in every state.

  5. I will support it a 100 percent.Every one should.

  6. I would definitely support this law! There is NO reason why a child should suffer and lose their life because someone is sick enough to take their life!

  7. I Agree, it should be in ALL states.

  8. Absolutely I will support this law!! I pray it gets passed so other children will not have to suffer like little Caylee did. Then maybe people like her mother Casey would definitely pay the price.

  9. I don’t think it should take anyone more than one minute to look for a chid. I think all states should pass this.