TRENTON – Three Assembly Republicans are drafting legislation in response to the outcome of a high-profile Florida court case in which Casey Anthony was acquitted yesterday of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.
“Caylee Anthony’s death is an unthinkable tragedy that gripped our hearts,” Asm. Domenick DiCicco, R-Gloucester and Camden, said. “The jury couldn’t agree with absolute certainty that her mother killed this precious child, but there’s no doubt she did not want authorities to find Caylee.”
Casey Anthony waited a month before notifying authorities that her daughter was missing. The lawmakers are researching ways to impose tough penalties on parents, guardians and caretakers who fail to alert authorities when they know a child is missing or dead.
“Caylee Anthony may have been denied justice, but we can make sure New Jersey’s laws reflect our commitment to keeping children safe,” Asm. John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said. “The quicker that law enforcement is involved, the better chance we have of recovering missing children or bringing their assailants to justice.”
Added Asm. Vince Polistina, R-Atlantic: “This senseless loss of life should be a reminder that every young child is a precious gift that our laws must fully protect.”
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