Megan Lynch

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Some Metro East officials are pushing for passage of a “Caylee’s Law” in Illinois.

Public interest surrounding the death of Caylee Anthony and the trial of her mother has prompted more than a dozen states to consider criminal penalties for parents and guardians if they fail to report a child’s disappearance or suspicious death.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says there’s a gap in law in Illinois.  Gibbons has joined the county sheriff and coroner in calling for stronger reporting requirements.   “And we want to see an immediate report.  I think within an hour is a very reasonable amount of time to provide for parents to report to law enforcement, to allow a proper investigation to go forward to make sure there were no inappropriate or illegal circumstances.”

KMOX News asked Gibbons, if someone really wants to hide something, what good would a Caylee’s Law do? “Even if we’re not able to deter or stop every one of these, in a circumstance like this, a person needs to be held accountable after the fact, if necessary,” explains Gibbons.

Gibbons says any final legislation should avoid place a burden on families dealing with the loss of a child from illness.

He’s hoping the legislature will take time to consider a “Caylee’s Law” in the upcoming October Veto Session.

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