Governor Bill Lee signs Evelyn Boswell’s Law

The law will take effect on July, 1, 2021.
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Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 4:30 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Governor Bill Lee announced Friday he has officially signed Evelyn Boswelll’s Law.

The law requires parents to report their child missing within 24 hours of determining that the child is missing, according to the governor’s press secretary. The law applies to children 12-years-old or younger.

“This bill passed unanimously in the House and Senate because it is important to Tennesseans—especially those in Northeast TN,” Lee posted on Twitter. “Appreciate Senator @Lundbergjon & Representative Crawford for championing this legislation.”

The legislation was named after the toddler who was reported missing in February of 2020 but hadn’t been seen since December 2019. Authorities eventually found the child’s body on a family member’s property.

Megan Boswell, Evelyn’s mother, is facing multiple charges, including felony murder in the toddler’s death.

The legislation was passed unanimously by both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly. It will take effect on July, 1, 2021.

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