Pending Legislation on Parents Failure to Report Childs Death

The Casey Anthony verdict has created a firestorm of anger and rightly so. But in response to it, some in the legislature are attempting to prevent people like her from escaping prison. The mere fact that she was found not guilty of murder while essentially admitting that she knew of her daughters death but she wasnt the one responsible has been a pretty bitter pill for the majority of people to swallow. In response to this obvious loophole in the law, Representative Dave Linsky has sponsored legislation on Beacon hill that would make it a 5 year felony for a parent or caregiver to fail in notifying police or ems in the event of a childs death. The bill, which can be found here states:

 SECTION 1. Chapter 269 of the General Laws be amended by adding the following new section:

Section 20: Whoever, being the parent, legal guardian, or caretaker of a minor child, and who has knowledge of the death of said minor child, and who fails to notify law enforcement or emergency medical personnel of the death of said minor child, within twenty-four hours of death, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail or a house of correction for not more than two and one half years.

Contact your local rep and state senator and urge them to support the bill.

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to
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