Why "Cayless' Law" Is A Bad Idea
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July 12th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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To 1st bolded: I'm a parent who's already responsible for my own actions. Why should I be punished because a parent on a high profile case f*ed up? Seems like a knee jerk reaction and
2nd bolded: I agree with the PP -
many? If it's such a
problem then how come you didn't care about a law like this being passed
Caylee become a spectacle?
To the first: Then the law wouldn't affect you. If you do what you are supposed to do and report an accident/injury, missing or dead child, then you're doing your job anyway. Not all parents would do that. In my state it's illegal to NOT act in the best interest of a child and report these things. In FL, there isn't anything specified. If it's written under the "neglect" portion of the Child Abuse law like it is here, it's no different than any other issue that falls under neglect. And if you are not neglecting your child, then none of the laws would affect you anyway. There are very specific incidences cited under the statutes that make it neglect, (such as unsupervised children under a certain age---here it's 12 yo unless the child has taken a babysitting/CPR class and is qualified to stay home and babysit). It's pretty common sense that this should be law. In our state, age does make a difference. Obviously a 17yo girl going off with the boyfriend is different than a 2yo who has gone missing and no one can find. The law here is written to reflect situational issues and isn't just a blanket "you have to report" kind of situation.
To the 2nd: I don't think that most people realized there WASN'T a law regarding this. I NEVER knew FL law didn't have this fall under their neglect policy because MY state DOES. So it's not that I read she didn't care before...there just wasn't knowledge that this wasn't already in effect and I think most of us who saw at least some of the trial expected her to get sentenced based on just that alone if murder couldn't be proven.
I think the law needs to be written similarly to what some states have already done, rather than written out of emotion, but that is something the State of FL and those other states who will follow (who don't already have this written in their laws) will have to take into consideration before trying to pass "Caylee's Law"
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