LANSING, Mich.—A person failing to report to law enforcement that a child in their care has gone missing would face a felony of up to two years imprisonment under legislation approved by the state Senate today, said Sen. Tom Casperson, who sponsored Senate Bill 580.
“Reporting a missing child in a timely fashion is often a matter of life and death, as we saw with little Caylee Anthony. This bill fixes Michigan law to require a disappearance be reported immediately, which will help protect children in our state,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “This is an important bill that’s received overwhelming support from Upper Peninsula residents and I encourage my House colleagues to quickly pass it.”
Senate Bill 626, a companion measure also approved, establishes sentencing guidelines for the felony crime of failure to report a missing child under SB 580.
The measures now go to the state House for consideration.