Like most of the world I followed the sad story of the death of two-year old Caylee Anthony and the subsequent trial of her mother Casey Marie Anthony. And like much of the world, I gasped when I heard that she had been acquitted of all murder charges by a jury of her peers in Orlando, FL.
It was with great shock and disbelief that I watched Juror #3 detail the lack of sufficient evidence and facts needed to convict Casey of the crime of Murder in the 1st degree.
And now as I sit in my bed, just a few feet from my own beautiful, brown-eyed beauty, I feel so helpless, so sad.
Is this really the best we can do for this sweet little girl?
Whether she was in fact chloroformed and killed as the Prosecution presented, or if she did indeed accidentally drown in the family pool as the Defense suggested, the fact remains that her precious life ended much too soon. And I want to know how, HOW, she was left in limbo for 31 days?
How could this be?
How could anyone wait for 31 days to report a child, any child, let alone your own child missing?
How could you wait 31 minutes?
As a logical person I try to wrap my mind around this. Waiting for my child, not knowing that she was safe and secure. I can't fathom this.
Even right now, the notion that my daughter is anywhere but safe and warm in her bed prompts me to visit her bedroom to watch her sleep.
I can't reason it out. I can't justify the 31 day wait.
And so, in my own personal quest for justice for Caylee, I have found a way to do my part. Even if it is "the least I can do."
A woman in Oklahoma, Michelle Crowder, wrote a petition to create a law that makes it a felony for a parent/ guardian to wait to report a child as missing, beyond a reasonable amount of time.
How much time is reasonable, you ask? I don't claim to know that answer but I am sure it is a hell of a lot less than 31 days.
Please click the link below and sign the petition. It is, quite literally, the least we can do.