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Justice For Caylee: Stop Child Abuse & Neglect

Justice For Caylee: Stop Child Abuse & Neglect

On July 5, Casey Anthony was acquitted on the charge of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 and convicted of four counts of lying to law enforcement officers. Today, Anthony was sentenced to four years in prison on those charges, but — in a further reversal of a case that has already sparked intense attention following her acquittal — she will be released next Wednesday for time served.

As the New York Times reports, Anthony was fined $1000 on each count of lying to police officers about the circumstances of Caylee’s death. She “showed no visible emotion Thursday as her sentence was being read, but had been smiling and talking to her lawyers beforehand.”

I think it’s a huge understatement to say there has been a wave of outrage about Anthony’s acquittal. There will surely be as much, if not more, when she is released next week. It’s unclear what 25-year-old Anthony will do after being released; she had previously lived with her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, but “part of her trial defense was that she had been abused by her father and that her family was dysfunctional.”

I’ll admit I have not been following every last development in Anthony’s trial. The thought of a mother taking her child’s life, of a mother even being accused of such a crime, turns my stomach. There have been too many reports of parents of autistic children killing their children including a Welsh woman, Yvonne Freaney, who was convicted of strangling her autistic son Glen in 2010, but not sent to prison; including Karen McCarron, an Indiana doctor who suffocated her 3-year-old autistic daughter, Katherine, in 2006. McCarron was of convicted of first degree murder, obstruction of justice, and concealing a homicidal death in 2008 and is now in prison.

July 22 would have been the eighth birthday of Katherine — “Katie” — McCarron. I know her grandfather and know that Katie was loved; that she was “beautiful, precious and happy“; that she is missed every single day.

The petition below is calling for the creation of Caylee’s Law and for stricter laws about child neglect and abuse:

Far too many parents are being convicted of child abuse & neglect. Too many kidnappings & murders of our beautiful children are happening!

Our goal is to have stricter laws when it comes to child abuse & neglect. NO MORE slaps on the wrists! NO MORE 2nd chances! Misdemeanor child abuse & neglect should be eliminated all together & they should be automatic felonies.

Too many children are being left behind. Thier parents are being charged with mere misdemeanors, and not felonies. There should be stronger punishments for poor parents.

Caylee Anthony was failed. Let us not fail another child!

There’s another petition about Caylee’s Law circulating that is more specific in calling for the creation of a federal law “that would make it a felony for parents to fail to notify police within 24 hours of a child’s disappearance or within an hour of a child’s death.” This is important, but it’s equally important to address the broader issues of child abuse and neglect. Some people very close to me have been victims of abuse as children. They have survived, but suffering physical abuse at the hands of family members leaves a terrible lifelong legacy of guilt, shame and pain.

Please make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Please make sure that what happened to Caylee and Katie does not happen again.

Most of all, please remember Caylee and Katie, two precious little girls.

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4:01AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

Poor baby. Hope one day the mother gets what she really deserves and hope she'll rot in hell.

12:03PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Having just co-authored a book on this case with Wendy Murphy JD and Charles Whitfield MD, I was anxious to read Keith Ablow's take on this tragedy. And I wasn't disappointed! His knowledge of childhood trauma effects is sophisticated -- much more so than "traditional" psychiatry that would like -- to give a diagnosis that includes a cocktail of psych drugs to chemically lobotomize.
Ablow understands how real psychotherapy works and understands how Casey Anthony lost herself years ago. He understands her tragedy as much as Caylee's. And his ability to create and dramatize conversations that were held behind closed doors makes this a fascinating read.
Ablow's understanding of how Casey's childhood trauma created this person we all witnessed in the media, perfectly coincides with Charles Whitfield's analysis of Casey and her parents. Whitfield writes clearly (similar to his best seller Healing the Child Within) and not only explains how abuse and neglect injure the authenticity of the True Self -- but completes his part by explaining how to recognize abuse and neglect and urges the reader to confront and/or report it so there will be no more tragedies like Caylee Anthony's. If Keith Ablow and Charles Whitfield would have gotten together -- one could have done the commentaries for the other's book.
I hope thats these books coming out with the truth about how dangerous childhood trauma is to the developing child will finally make a dent in our knowledge. Then perhaps th

11:58AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony by Keith Ablow, MD

Having just co-authored a book on this case with Wendy Murphy JD and Charles Whitfield MD, I was anxious to read Keith Ablow's take on this tragedy. And I wasn't disappointed! His knowledge of childhood trauma effects is sophisticated -- much more so than "traditional" psychiatry that would like -- to give a diagnosis that includes a cocktail of psych drugs to chemically lobotomize.
Ablow understands how real psychotherapy works and understands how Casey Anthony lost herself years ago. He understands her tragedy as much as Caylee's. And his ability to create and dramatize conversations that were held behind closed doors makes this a fascinating read.
Ablow's understanding of how Casey's childhood trauma created this person we all witnessed in the media, perfectly coincides with Charles Whitfield's analysis of Casey and her parents. Whitfield writes clearly (similar to his best seller Healing the Child Within) and not only explains how abuse and neglect injure the authenticity of the True Self -- but completes his part by explaining how to recognize abuse and neglect and urges the reader to confront and/or report it so there will be no more tragedies like Caylee Anthony's. If Keith Ablow and Charles Whitfield would have gotten together -- one could have done the commentaries for the other's book.
I hope thats these books coming out with the truth about how dangerous childhood trauma is to the developing child wil

1:50AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

rest in peace, little caylee

1:23PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Too many unanswered questions as pointed out by Lika S. Without knowing all the facts, it is difficult to know if this woman escaped justice by some legal loophole, lack of conclusive evidence or some other factor. What is very clear to me, whether she was complicit in her daughter's death or not, is that this selfish, irresponsible and despicable woman should never be allowed to own a pet, let alone have another child. If there were only a way to enforce that... We can only hope for karmic justice somewhere along the line.

10:26AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

You bet I signed this. Justice shall Prevail for Caylee.

1:42PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

RIP Kaylee. I agree that there needs to be more laws concerning children. Most children can't speak for themselves obviously there needs to be something that can speak for them.

12:29PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

There was no justice for Caylee. Hope her death will serve to save other children from the hands of abusers.

6:33PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

"May Kaylee rest in peace" This law needs to get passed. Too many children suffer from the hands of adults, it's time to stop this. The laws need to change for the amount of time that is served as well. Enough of the slapping on the wrist and probation, or charging them with lesser charges.

12:00AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

YES, SHOULD BE A LAW FOR CAYLEY LAW

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