State Legislators: More Study Needed on Proposed Caylee's Law

State Legislators: More Study Needed on Proposed Caylee's Law
State Legislators: More Study Needed on Proposed Caylee's Law

The Wyoming State Legislatures Joint Judiciary Interim Committee is meeting in Sundance this week to hear testimony on a number of different issues including the proposed Caylee's Law. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.


State lawmakers elected to postpone voting on the proposed bill until after the Wyoming County and Prosecuting Attorneys Association further studies the bill at their meeting next month. Several prosecutors who addressed the committee voiced concerns over language in the current bill that could be misinterpreted.

The proposed legislation states that parents or guardians who don't report a missing child would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could possibly face up to a year in jail. If the parent doesn't report the missing child within 24 hours and the child dies before being found or is seriously injured, the parent or parents could be charged with a felony and serve up to five years in prison.

Shortly after Casey Anthony was found not guilty this summer of the first degree murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony, a petition was started by Michelle Crowder of Durant, Oklahoma urging people to contact their state legislators to enact the legislation.

The State Legislature's Management Council assigned the Judiciary Committee the task of looking into the bill to determine if it is needed since Wyoming currently has several laws regarding child endangerment and neglect.

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