I saw this question in a recent Florida poll. Of course, this is a proposal resulting from the Anthony case.
â€œAs you may know, there is a proposal in the state legislature that would make it a felony offense for a parent who fails to report a missing child in a timely manner. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?â€
The overwhelming majority thought this to be a good idea. Iâ€™m sure there will be specifics to the bill defining a timely manner and special rules for parents who would have visitation rights for a weekend, hopefully not holding the custodial parent liable during those times.
Personally, I donâ€™t think this bill is a great idea. One of the things about reporting a missing child is that a certain amount ot time has to have elapsed, I think 24 hours in most cases, before you can report a child missing, and any responsible and loving parent I have ever known would probably attempt to report the child missing even before they would be allowed to actually file the report.
The only parents who are not going to report a missing child in a timely manner are the ones who are the responsible parties that the child is missing. I really doubt that the fear of another felony offense is going to matter much to someone who has already committed a much worse felony. I just don't see the point to this proposal. I guess there must be many of you out there who donâ€™t see this my way since 83% of respondents in this poll sample thinkÂ such legislation isÂ a good idea.