‘Caylee’s Law’ Advances in Florida Legislature

Jan 13, 2012 10:42am
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A Florida bill inspired by the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was approved in a first committee hearing and is advancing in the Florida Legislature.

On Thursday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved the potential law that would make it a felony to intentionally give police false information about a child who disappears, gets seriously injured or dies, according to the Associated Press. The maximum sentence for each count would be five years.

The bill, proposed by Florida Republican Sen. Joe Negron, is one of at least eight other bills filed in response to Casey Anthony’s acquittal in the murder of her daughter Caylee. At least six of the proposed measures are called “Caylee’s Law.”

Negron’s bill is not formally titled “Caylee’s Law” and does not specifically mention her, referring to her death as “the Orlando case.”

The bill has to be approved by two more committees before it reaches the Senate floor for a vote.

Negron did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Casey Anthony, 25, did not report Caylee missing until a month after her disappearance and then claimed that her daughter had been stolen by a babysitter. Police and volunteers spent months searching for the fictitious babysitter and Caylee.

Anthony was acquitted of murder, but she was convicted on four counts of giving police false information. The time Anthony spent in jail waiting for her murder trial counted toward these convictions and she is currently serving one year of probation in Florida.

Under Negron’s bill, Anthony could have been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Anthony made headlines again this week when 447 pages of depositions done by two psychiatrists who interviewed her were released. For more on what the psyche evaluations revealed, click here.

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