Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse and Clover Representative Tommy Pope are working on a legislation in response to the Casey Anthony murder trial. Anthony was declared “not guilty” after jurors claimed they did not have enough evidence to prove she killed her 2-year-old daughter. Prosecutors say Anthony did not report her missing child for 31 days.
Limehouse’s bill aims to prevent that from happening in South Carolina.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s even needed. You would think we wouldn’t need legislation for parents to require parents to report their child has gone missing. The legislation, I’m working on with Tommy Pope, it makes it a felony if you don’t report your child missing within 24 hours, and up to five years in prison,” says Limehouse.
Representative Pope was the lead prosecutor for the Susan Smith murder trial in the 90s–a mother who was found guilty for drowning her two toddlers in a Union County lake.
Limehouse says it takes a community to look out for the welfare of children.
“We need a stronger sense of neighborhood, a stronger sense of community. We can pass all the laws in the world, but if we don’t come together as a people and watch each other’s children and look after each other– we’re not going to be able to function as well as a society. The bill I think is a good bill on balance,” says Limehouse.
Limehouse says the overall goal of the bill is to make communities safer for children.