State Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, is the lead sponsor of Caylee's Law, which would make it a felony for a parent to not report his or her child missing after 48 hours.
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Caylee's Law would make the failure to report a child as missing after 48 hours without contact a felony punishable by up to 5 years in jail.
Today State Representative Edward Coppinger filed legislation that would make it a felony if a parent didn't report their child missing within 48 hours. The legislation is called "An Act Relative to the Timely Reporting of Missing Children, or Caylee’s Law." Several other Massachusetts politicians sponsored similar laws today, but Coppinger's was the first. The legislation (that had 15 bipartisan sponsors as of 3:20 p.m.) would create criminal statutes for parents or guardians who fail to disclose a missing child, cover up the death of a child or deliberately mislead police officers investigating a missing child. “After watching the events of the Casey Anthony trial, I was shocked that people who covered up the death of a child could get …