What is Caylee’s Law? Internet wonders if law helped indict parents of missing 11-year-old Madalina Cojocari
CORNELIUS, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to the missing case of Madalina Cojocari, her parents were arrested on the grounds of not reporting the disappearance of their daughter for over three weeks. Internet users have now suggested the role of Caylee’s Law in relation to their arrest and how it is playing a role after its invention which occurred due to the infamous trial of Casey Anthony.
Last seen on November 23 at her home in North Carolina, Cojocari has now gone missing which has reeled in the attention of the FBI due to the nature of its severity. Similarly, Caylee Anthony, daughter of Casey, also went missing in 2008. In addition to lying repeatedly about Caylee's location and her memory of the incidents that led to her disappearance, Casey neglected to alert the authorities about her daughter's absence. After Caylee's remains were later discovered nearby the Anthonys' home, Casey was arrested in connection with the murder. Nevertheless, the jury found Casey not guilty of the crime following a tiresome trial and she was released from the charges that included first-degree murder.
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What is Caylee’s Law?
Informally known as Caylee's Law, this legislation makes it a crime for a parent or legal guardian to neglect to notify a missing kid in circumstances where they knew or should have known the child was likely in danger. These laws have been proposed or approved in a number of US states. Since Casey failed to report that her three-year-old daughter was missing, a similar bill was first filed soon after her high-profile trial. According to UNC, Caylee’s Law in North Carolina can sentence a parent to one year in prison for failing to report their missing child in danger for several weeks. Protesters who disapproved of the jury's decision in the case came up with the idea for the bill.
On July 5, 2011, Casey was found not guilty of first-degree murder, severe child abuse and manslaughter of a child. Immediately after the trial, support emerged for requiring parents to alert law authorities of a child's death or disappearance and making it a crime for a parent or guardian for failing to do so. On Change.org, Michelle Crowder created a petition with a similar objective and it received close to 1.3 million electronic signatures. Legislators in Florida, Oklahoma, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia started crafting their own versions of Caylee's Law in response to this and other petitions.
Reddit users have been speculating that Caylee’s Law might have come into effect after Cojocari's parents failed to report her missing. One user said, "North Carolina approved a version of 'Caylee's Law' in 2013. That's why the parents of Madalina Cojocari were immediately arrested." Cojocari is described as an 11-year-old having brown hair and brown eyes, being 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 90 pounds.
"Madalina Cojocari was last seen at home in Cornelius, North Carolina, on the evening of November 23, 2022, and has not been seen since. She was reported missing her school on December 15, 2022. Madalina was last seen wearing jeans, pink, purple, and white Adidas shoes, and a white t-shirt and jacket," the FBI released in a statement.
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