Yesterday, my heart sank a little bit. I vowed not to watch the Casey Anthony verdict because I KNEW I’d get over emotional. As a Mother to three young children, this case has left me in confusion and downright shock. How could a Mother not report her child missing for so long? It baffles me. My child goes missing for half a second at SeaWorld this Summer and I almost lost my mind. It’s an instinct our hearts have and a connection to our children to protect them.
Casey Anthony didn’t have that connection. Caylee Anthony, her daughter, was NOT protected and I feel like her Mother, failed her. It breaks my heart.Yesterday, an Oklahoman woman called for a change to Federal Law using Change.org. Caylee’s Law, as it has been named, calls for parents who fail to notify police of missing child to be charged with felony.
Tweeting wasn’t enough. I wanted to start a conversation on our Fan Page to hear how other Mother’s are handling it. I’m sicked my Casey’s actions. This little girl should have been protected, if not by her family, by the Government of the United States. We have to do better and protecting our children in this day and age.
When I read this morning about the petition, Caylee’s Law becoming viral, I knew I wanted to sign. I knew i wanted to spread the word, because I believe parents should be held responsible if they don’t report their child missing.
About Caylee’s Law:
More than 37,000 people in all 50 states have joined a Change.org campaign calling for a federal law — called “Caylee’s Law” — that would make the failure of a parent to notify law enforcement of a child’s disappearance a felony.
Casey Anthony was found “not guilty” of first-degree murder or manslaughter on Tuesday in the case of her two-year-old daughter Caylee’s death. One of the central controversies of the case has been the fact that Anthony never notified law enforcement that her daughter was missing. Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008; grandmother Cindy Anthony notified the police on July 15, a month later.
After hearing the verdict and seeing a Facebook page response, Oklahoman Michelle Crowder started a Change.org petition asking Congress to create “Caylee’s Law,” making it a federal offense and a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report a child’s disappearance to law enforcement.
Nearly 2,000 people have signed the “Caylee’s Law” petition each hour since its creation, making it the fastest-growing campaign on Change.org.
“When I saw that Casey Anthony had been found not guilty in the murder of little Caylee, and that she was only being convicted of lying to the police about her disappearance, I was sickened; I could not believe she was not being charged with child neglect or endangerment, or even obstruction of justice,” said petition-starter Michelle Crowder.
“I saw a page on Facebook proposing that a law be made, but I saw nothing about a petition being started for it. So, I decided to start one on Change.org because I have signed several petitions on the site and I knew it would be a way to reach people and hopefully get something done.”
Michelle continued, “I am hoping that this will be made into a federal law so that no other child’s life, disappearance, and/or death is treated in the manner that poor Caylee’s was treated. No child deserves that.”
“There is extensive debate about this issue, and this campaign has been remarkable,” said Change.org founder Ben Rattray. “In less than 24 hours, a woman in Oklahoma has recruited tens of thousands of supporters for her cause. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere, to take action on the issues that are important to them, and it is the perfect platform for this record-breaking campaign.”
Sign the Petition for Caylee Anthony:
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