Missing 'Cousins' Law' gets support from thousands
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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
A Cedar Valley woman is making a push to get missing children home faster.
"I would say we have about 6,000 signatures," said Robin Arnold, Cousins' Law Creator.
That's how many people are backing Arnold and her mission to find missing children.
Although Arnold didn't know either family before Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins went missing from Evansdale on July 13. But watching the search continue day after day, she was moved to help.
"So when it came to the seventh day, I was in the kitchen with the daycare children and I heard them say we now have reason to believe this was an abduction. I was so mad, I said why did you let the ball drop. I don't mean any disrespect to them, but why wasn't the public made more aware of what really was going on," said Arnold.
Arnold then started an online petition called Cousins' Law.
Under Cousins' Law there would be five guidelines:
First, parents will need to report their child is missing right away, otherwise they will be fined.
Second, law enforcement will access the national non-profit service called "A Child is Missing."
"Police are told the children are missing. They send that data out to Florida. They send the data to 900 businesses and people within a mile from where a child went missing in the first minute. In the second minute it's 1600 and they just continue," said Arnold.
The third guideline would be voluntary vehicle searches.
"There is no need to wait three days or seven days, it needs to happen now is what I think. We may get a lot more children home faster," said Arnold.
Then, Arnold wants to see a "Cousins' Law" alert shown on billboards and other roadside signs.
Finally, if it gets to the eight hour mark, it's time to look into the hot spots for human trafficking.
The Cousins' Law is only in the beginning stages, but so far thousands of people along with one local state senator, Jeff Danielson, think it's a good idea.
"We think with all of the tools given available to public safety agencies, to the public at large and to non-profit's, how do we then link those together so we can have a rapid response to inform the public when a child goes missing," said Danielson.
This petition is just in the beginning stages, but Arnold is getting ready to stand with Sen. Danielson and present this to the Iowa legislature in January.
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