SHANNON YOUNG, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would establish a penalty for Connecticut parents and guardians who fail to report the disappearance of a child is being considered by the General Assembly, a response to the death of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony.
Members of the Judiciary Committee accepted testimony on the bill at a public hearing Friday.
Under the proposed legislation, parents and guardians who do not report any child under the age of 12 missing after 24 hours would be charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense.
The proposal comes after the 2008 high-profile case of 2-year-old Caylee, who wasn’t reported missing for 31 days. Her body was found in woods near her home.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 35 states have filed similar bills.
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