An Alabama lawmaker is using the Casey Anthony trial to inspire change to laws in the state. Democratic Representative Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham says she has prepared a bill that would make it necessary for parents to report a missing child within 24 hours. The bill would also make it a felony for a parent, legal guardian or caretaker not to notify law enforcement within an hour after the death of a child.
Well, that didn’t take long. But is it really necessary?
Parents whose kids are seriously injured/die accidentally call 911 immediately. When parents and caregivers realize that a child is missing, they call police immediately. Parents who kill their children, however, avoid the authorities for as long as they can. OR they concoct a story and try to blame someone else or make it look like an accident. No amount of legislation is going to change that.
The prosecution team in the Anthony trial made an excellent point during closing arguments: People do not make accidental deaths look like murder.