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Boback’s ‘Caylee’s Law’ Bill Gains Committee Approval, Advances to House Floor
HARRISBURG – A bill that creates the offense of failing to report the disappearance of a child was unanimously approved the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, September 24.

The bill, House Bill 494, requires parents to report the disappearance of their child within 24 hours. Safeguards are included in the legislation to ensure parents will not be prosecuted for an innocent mistake, for example, a divorced parent who may not have the knowledge of their child’s whereabouts. The duty to report a disappearance will extend to stepparents and adoptive parents, as well as legal guardians and custodians. A violation would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to seven years confinement and $15,000 fine.

“I created this legislation after the highly publicized disappearance of Caylee Anthony in Florida and the news that Casey Anthony didn’t report her daughter’s disappearance for nearly a month,” said Boback. “Many people here in Pennsylvania were shocked that such conduct could go unpunished.”

A companion bill, House Bill 20, was sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) and would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child. That bill was also reported out of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday by a unanimous vote. Together the two bills are known as “Caylee’s Law” and they now head to the House floor for consideration and a possible vote.

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Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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