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House Passes Boback’s ‘Caylee’s Law’ Bill
HARRISBURG – A bill that creates the offense of failing to report the disappearance of a child was passed by the House Wednesday, sad Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming).

If signed into law, House Bill 494 would require 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 would 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.

“This legislation was created in response to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida and the failure of her mother, Casey, to report her daughter missing for nearly a month,” said Boback. “Like many people, I was shocked that such conduct could go unpunished.”
A companion bill, House Bill 20, if signed into law, would increase the penalties for the crime of concealing the death of a child. That bill was passed by the House on October 15. Together the two bills are known as “Caylee’s Law” and they now head to the Senate for consideration.

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Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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