The petition calls for a law that would make it a federal offense for a parent or guardian who does not notify police of a missing child within 24 hours. It also calls for felony charges if the death of their child is not reported within an hour of the incident.
"I am hoping that this will be made into a federal law so that no other child's life, disappearance, and/or death is treated in the manner that poor Caylee's was treated," said Crowder in a press release. "No child deserves that."
New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Democrat who is also proposing stricter requirements for parents reporting missing children, said he hopes a bill of this nature will plug what he called a loophole in the law.
"People need to understand that this needs to be reported ASAP. Otherwise, the consequences will be harsh," said Ortiz.