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In the wake of toddler disappearance, state lawmakers consider Evelyn’s Law

Pictured is 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, who remains missing. An online petition seeks to make waiting to report a missing child a crime. {Photo Courtesy of the TBI}

STATE NEWS — It’s a missing child case that has even the least skeptical among us scratching our collective heads. Evelyn Boswell, a 15-month-old toddler from Sullivan County was last seem by family members in December. Despite that fact, no one reported her missing until February 18. According to published reports, Evelyn’s grandfather reported her disappearance to the Department of Children’s Service, stating that family members had not seen the child in two month. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert the following day.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, they’ve received over 500 tips in the search for Boswell but there have been no credible sightings.

Though authorities still are clear on the why there was a delay and Evelyn’s still missing as of press time, an online petition with over 17,000 signature is calling for Tennessee lawmakers to create Evelyn’s Law, which would make it illegal to wait longer than 24-72 hours to report a missing child. You can view the petition by clicking here.

One Bristol lawmaker feared the law could do more harm than good. Senator Jon Lundberg told reporters that most parents report missing children immediately and that the Boswell case seemed like an “anomaly.”

To voice your opinion, contact Moore COunty’s Representative Iris Rudder at 615-741-8695 or Moore County’s Senator Shane Reeves at 615-741-1066. If you have information that might help find the toddler, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.•

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