LANSING, Mich.—A person failing to report to law enforcement that a child in their care has gone missing would face a felony of up to two years imprisonment under legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
Senate Bill 626, sponsored by state Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, was introduced at the request of nearly 1,000 constituents who voiced support for the measure due to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida.
“The circumstances of Caylee Anthony’s disappearance were heart-breaking. It is unconscionable that anyone would wait 31 days to report the disappearance of a child, and we are acting to make sure a similar case does not happen here in Michigan,” said Rocca. “It is crucial that authorities are notified immediately in the life and death situation of a missing child, and this legislation affords more protection for our kids.”
Senate Bill 626 and Senate Bill 580, the companion legislation, now go to the full Senate for further consideration.