UPDATE: Currently 286K + have signed the Petition since this Press Release – released on 7/6/2011
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CAMPAIGN TO CREATE “CAYLEE’S LAW”
After following the Casey Anthony trial who was on trial for murdering her two year old daughter I was not happy with the out come. Something happened to this little girl and those responsible will go unpunished. I can not say for sure of course if Casey is responsible for the actual murder of her daughter but her actions regarding her disappearance in itself is enough to show the world how much that little girl DID NOT mean to her. As a mother myself my heart breaks for the life that will never been lived and the spirit of that cute little girl that went to heaven way to soon. I just received this press release and felt it an important one to pass on to my readers. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with this petition and feel that it should indeed be a felony to not report any child missing!
Oklahoma woman calls for parents who fail to notify police of missing child to be charged with felony; more than 37,000 supporters join in less than 24 hours
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 37,000 people in all 50 states have joined a Change.org campaign calling for a federal law — called “Caylee’s Law” — that would make the failure of a parent to notify law enforcement of a child’s disappearance a felony.
Casey Anthony was found “not guilty” of first-degree murder or manslaughter on Tuesday in the case of her two-year-old daughter Caylee’s death. One of the central controversies of the case has been the fact that Anthony never notified law enforcement that her daughter was missing. Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008; grandmother Cindy Anthony notified the police on July 15, a month later.
After hearing the verdict and seeing a Facebook page response, Oklahoman Michelle Crowder started a Change.org petition asking Congress to create “Caylee’s Law,” making it a federal offense and a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report a child’s disappearance to law enforcement.
Nearly 2,000 people have signed the “Caylee’s Law” petition each hour since its creation, making it the fastest-growing campaign on Change.org.
“When I saw that Casey Anthony had been found not guilty in the murder of little Caylee, and that she was only being convicted of lying to the police about her disappearance, I was sickened; I could not believe she was not being charged with child neglect or endangerment, or even obstruction of justice,” said petition-starter Michelle Crowder.
“I saw a page on Facebook proposing that a law be made, but I saw nothing about a petition being started for it. So, I decided to start one on Change.org because I have signed several petitions on the site and I knew it would be a way to reach people and hopefully get something done.”
Michelle continued, “I am hoping that this will be made into a federal law so that no other child’s life, disappearance, and/or death is treated in the manner that poor Caylee’s was treated. No child deserves that.”
“There is extensive debate about this issue, and this campaign has been remarkable,” said Change.org founder Ben Rattray. “In less than 24 hours, a woman in Oklahoma has recruited tens of thousands of supporters for her cause. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere, to take action on the issues that are important to them, and it is the perfect platform for this record-breaking campaign.”
Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change, was profiled this week in the New York Times, Sacramento Bee, and Washington Times.
Live signature totals from the “Caylee’s Law” petition on Change.org:
Facebook page that prompted Michelle to start the Change.org campaign:
Facebook page tied to Michelle’s Change.org petition: