It is sad the way society turns some crimes into spectacles, and largely ignores others.
A child's death is tragic, always. Yet so few capture national attention. And I fear state legislatures around the country are about to reinforce our selective calls for justice by naming new laws after Caylee Anthony, a little girl killed in Florida.
Nearly 30 states are considering some version of "Caylee's Law," which would generally make it a felony to fail to report a child missing in a timely manner. In North Carolina state reps. Kelly Hastings and Tim Moore have discussed such a law.
But what about Jadon Higganbothan, the 4-year-old boy killed last fall in Durham? Jadon's mother has been charged in his death, which was allegedly committed by an enraged cult leader named Peter Moses.
Where's Jadon's law? Where's the national outrage over the senseless death of this little boy? Is it lacking simply because he was black?
And if we're going name a law in North Carolina, isn't it right to name it after a North Carolinian?
Rep. Hastings, R-Gaston, said late last week that he and Moore "have not officially named the bill," but they've gotten "hundreds" of requests to name it after Caylee.
"You are correct there a lot of victims here in NC that we can use," Hastings said. "Frankly it could be that we just amend the current law. So I hear what your concerns are. ... But I can tell you that constituents and people in general society right now are using 'Caylee's Law' as a term ... fairly commonly."
Of course they are. Nancy Grace told them to, right after 30 second spots for Dove soap and Hotels.com.