Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 22, 2012
Senate committee advances Caylee’s Law
The state Senate today approved legislation requiring
parents or guardians to report that a child has gone missing within
a 48-hour period. Authored by Sen. Ralph
Shortey, “Caylee’s Law” was motivated by the 2011
trial of Casey Anthony, who was convicted of lying to police regarding
the disappearance of her daughter.
Senate Bill 1721 would create a felony for failing to report a child’s
disappearance to law enforcement.
“The Casey Anthony case created a nationwide groundswell of support
for stronger penalties for lying to police about missing children,”
said Shortey, R-Oklahoma. “People all over the country knew that
child deserved better, and that the punishment didn’t fit the
crime. My hope is that we can prevent similar injustices from occurring
Shortey said the state currently has few statutes relating to failure
to report a missing child.
“The intent of the measure is to close a loophole that may allow
a parent or guardian to cover up a crime,” Shortey said. “If
parents have harmed their child in some way, the District Attorney would
have a way to go after them under this bill. Right now, we don’t
Rep. Joe Dorman, co-author of the measure, said the bill would implement
an important safeguard for children.
“Given the outcry from the public this summer, there is obviously
a need to make sure we address this issue,” said Dorman, D-Rush
Springs. “This legislation is a responsible solution to make sure
the safety of our children is of the utmost importance not only to our
families but to law enforcement as well.”
Senate Bill 1721 now advances to the full Senate for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Shortey: (405) 521-5557