Albany – Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn) will be introducing a bill that will require parents, guardians, caretakers, etc. to notify law enforcement in a timely manner upon the death of their child, accidental or otherwise. This bill will also require parents, guardians, caretakers, etc. to notify law enforcement if their child should become missing so that steps can be taken to locate the child before it is too late. Failure to comply with either of these provisions will be considered a felony.
“Every child’s life is a precious and sacred thing. It is unacceptable that failure to report your child missing or deceased is not a felony crime. We cannot allow a child’s death or disappearance to go unnoticed by our community,” stated Assemblyman Ortiz, “In light of the deaths of various adolescents throughout our Country, New York needs to have protections and repercussions in law to protect our children,” continued Ortiz. Over the past few years there have been numerous deaths and disappearances of children that have gone unreported: Genesis Sims, Age 7 of Colorado, Caylee Anthony, Age 2 of Florida, and most recently, Camden Pierce Hughes, Age 6 of Texas. None of these children’s deaths were immediately reported to law enforcement.
“Should a child suffer an untimely death, that child deserves justice. We can ensure that no parent goes unpunished for failing to report the disappearance or death of their child to law enforcement in a timely manner. I believe that this piece of legislation has the potential to protect and save numerous lives and provide consequences for those who fail to act” said Ortiz