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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Legislation signed by former Gov. John Kasich and named after Alianna DeFreeze will be implemented at Ohio schools beginning Thursday, April 4.

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“Alianna Alert” will require schools to notify parents within two hours of the start of school if their child is not present.

The law was introduced as a result of the 14-year-old’s disappearance in January 2017.

DeFreeze was abducted by registered sex-offender Christopher Whitaker while on her way to school. Whitaker raped and tortured the teen girl in an abandoned home

on Fuller Avenue before killing her. Cleveland police officers found her body three days later.

A judge sentenced Whitaker to death after a jury convicted him of all the charges in 2018.

The DeFreeze family says they were never notified by the school district after their daughter failed to report to class.

“Alianna’s Alert” was originally included in Senate Bill 82, but was merged into House legislation to ensure that it became a law.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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