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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2393         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1402

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the protection of children.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason

 

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2393        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1402

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1402) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to the crime of failing to notify law enforcement officials of a missing or deceased child.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 3766 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the protection of children.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding to the end thereof the following section:--

              Section 13N. Failure to Notify Law Enforcement of Missing or Deceased Child

              For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:--

              “Person having care and custody”, a parent, guardian, employee of a home or institution or any other person with equivalent supervision or care of a child, whether the supervision is temporary or permanent.

              “Child”, any person under 14 years of age.

                "Law enforcement authority'', any police department in the commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions.

              "Missing child or children'', any person under the age of 14 years missing from his normal and ordinary place of residence or last known whereabouts and whose whereabouts cannot be determined by the person having care and custody of such child.

              Whoever, having care and custody of a child, fails to notify a law enforcement authority or emergency medical personnel of the death of such child, accidental or otherwise, within 2 hours of the discovery of such known death and (i) intends to mislead a public official, (ii) intends to  impede any investigation, or (iii) causes an investigation to be impeded, shall be punished by a term of imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years.

              Whoever, having care and custody of a child, finds the child missing and fails to notify a law enforcement authority of the missing child within 5 days and (i) intends to mislead a public official, (ii) intends to impede an investigation, or (iii) causes an investigation to be impeded, shall be punished by a term of imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years.

              SECTION 2. Section 13J of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, on line 29, the words “two and one-half years” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- 10 years

              ;and further, by striking out, on line 34, the words “five years” and inserting in place thereof the following:- 15 years

              ;and further, by striking out, on lines 35 and 36, the words “two and one-half years” and inserting in the place thereof the following:- 10 years.

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