HOUSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. 3978
In the Year Two Thousand Eleven
An act establishing a penalty for failure to report a missing child.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Section 7 of chapter 22A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
Any parent, legal guardian or caretaker of a child 12 years of age or younger who is missing shall be required to report the child missing to the appropriate law enforcement authorities within 8 hours, and shall provide said authorities with identifying data related to said missing child. Whoever violates any provision of this paragraph shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in a state prison for not more than 3 years or imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by such fine and imprisonment.