In response to the Casey Anthony trial, where the mother didn’t notify police that her daughter was missing for over 30 days, lawmakers are pushing for a law that requires parents to notify the police within 24 hours. And it has a lot of support. But not mine.
It is a well-intentioned but pointless law. I believe their hearts are in the right place though. The problem with this law is that, a good parent will notify the police within 24 hours and probably before. You don’t need this law to make you call the police if your child is missing, its just another law to use to throw someone in jail.
For not notifying the police you can nail the parent(s) with child neglect. We have enough laws, dumb ones, oppressive ones, and ones like this that make people feel good about themselves and accomplish nothing that isn’t already taken care of.