Mon., July 18, 2011 12:01am (EDT)

'Caylee's Law' Gains Traction
By Noel Brown
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A Georgia lawmaker wants limits on how long parents can wait to report a missing child. It's a response to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony.
A Georgia lawmaker wants limits on how long parents can wait to report a missing child. It's a response to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony.
Georgia is among more than 15 states considering a law that would make it a felony not to report a missing child.

Gwinnett Republican representative BJ Pak is drafting a version of a bill known nationally as "Caylee's Law". It's named after Casey Anthony's 2-year-old-daughter, whose 2008 disappearance in Florida wasn't reported for a month.

"I don't see any reason why a parent whose child is under the age of 10 shouldn't report them missing well before 72 hours of discovering that they are in fact missing," says Pak.

Anthony was acquitted recently in her daughter's murder but supporters of the law say Caylee's death might have been prevented if she'd been reported missing sooner.

The law would set limits on how long parents could wait before reporting a missing child to police. 

But Tom Crawford with the Georgia Reports says interest could wain before lawmakers have a chance to consider the bill.

"By the time the session actually begins--and they may not be able to take up this bill until next January when the regular session starts--it will have been several months since the verdict was handed down and people tend to have short memories about those things," Crawford says. "So the impact of it may be a little less dramatic than it seems right now."

Pak says he's working with law enforcement experts to decide how long parents could wait to report their missing children.

He says it will likely vary based on the child's age.

Currently, there is no time limit on reporting missing children.