TRENTON – The Assembly unanimously passed A4297, or the so-called “Caylee’s Law,” which increases the penalties for failing to report a death – and makes it a crime for failing to report a missing child – from a disorderly person’s offense to a fourth-degree crime.
The vote was 69-0.
The current penalty is punishable by six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. With this bill, the charges increase to 18 months in jail, a $10,000 fine, or both.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman John Wisniewski, is named for Caylee Anthony, a Florida child who was missing for 31 days before her disappearance was reported by her grandmother. Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, was found not guilty of her daughter’s murder.