To the Journal editor:
Many of us are familiar with the highly publicized Caylee Anthony case from Florida, the young girl that was missing for nearly a month before her mother informed authorities. In the end, Caylee's mother was found not guilty in her daughter's death.
Did you know that in Michigan it is not against the law if a caregiver were to wait and not report the death or a missing child to authorities. It is reprehensible that a child could be in danger and the caregiver would suffer no ramifications for neglecting to make a report.
There is a bill sponsored by Tom Capserson that is currently stalled in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. This bill would require caregivers to report a missing child within 24 hours to authorities.
It is imperative that caregivers responsible for children report the disappearance or death of the child within 24 hours to engage in the development of leads, prevent evidence tampering, and to ensure that suspects are identified as soon as possible.
Every day there is an estimated 2,158 missing children (U.S. Department of Justice, 2012), many of whom are never found. It is important that reports are made as soon as possible so that these cases can be investigated and children receive the justice they deserve. Please contact your legislators today and advocate for the movement of Senate Bill 580.
MSW graduate student, MSU