Senate committee passes bill similar to "Caylee's Law"

Casey and Caylee Anthony (Source: Anthony Family)
Casey and Caylee Anthony (Source: Anthony Family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill requiring notification of a missing or deceased child passed in a Senate committee Tuesday morning.

This legislation is related to the death of Caylee Anthony.

The 2-year-old girl was not reported missing until 31 days after her disappearance.

"The death of a child that, after the passage of that time, generally, the evidence of the cause of death is gone and that's due to decomposition," said attorney Jerry Jones. "So, that's the reason for this law is to put a stop to that and it gives us a way to deal with this when someone does harm to the child and just simply fails to report it in an effort to cover it up."

The case would involve parents and caretakers who are in the presence of a child that goes missing or is deceased.

Caretakers include anyone who is in the custody of a child at the time of a problem.

If the child is under 17 years old, the caretaker would have 24 hours to file a report.

If the child is 13 years old and under, a report would have to be filed within 12 hours of the incident.

Prosecutors believe this is a good tool to end stories like Caylee Anthony's.

The bill next moves to the full Senate for debate.

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