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Friday
Jul152011

Casey Anthony's Father Pushes for 'Caylee's Law'

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony's father is supporting what's being called "Caylee's Law," the measure named for his granddaughter that would make it a crime for a parent or guardian not to promptly report a child missing.

In the case of Caylee Anthony it took 31 days for her mother to report the 2-year-old missing.

In an email, George Anthony says he does "not want to see another child go thru what Caylee endured" and he encouraged people to sign a petition to pass the law in all 50 states.

Casey Anthony is due to be released from jail Sunday.

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Friday
Jul082011

Caylee Anthony's Death Spurs 'Caylee's Law' in Four States

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images (ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Just days after a Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year old daughter Caylee, four states are drafting legislation being referred to as "Caylee's Law," which would tighten requirements on missing persons reports.

Lawmakers in Florida, Oklahoma, New York and West Virginia have all announced that they will propose versions of the law.  This comes at the same time that an online petition for a "Caylee's Law" went viral on Change.org, which has collected over 300,000 signatures.  

Oklahoma Rep. Paul Wesselhoft said that the petition, created by Michelle Crowder of Durant, Oklahoma, caught his eye and the eyes of his constituents.

The petition calls for a law that would make it a federal offense for a parent or guardian who does not notify police of a missing child within 24 hours.  It also calls for felony charges if the death of their child is not reported within an hour of the incident.

"[On Wednesday], I got a lot of emails from my constituents who are very outraged by the trial and the verdict," Wesselhoft told ABC News.  "We're all outraged that Caylee did not receive justice.  There's no question about that."

Wesselhoft, a Republican, plans to propose a law at the start of Oklahoma's legislative session in 2012 that would make it a felony for a parent of guardian not to notify authorities within 24 hours of a child's death.  He also plans to propose a requirement for parents to notify runaways under the age of 12 in a timely manner, although he admits having a time table for that is "more difficult because you don't know when the clock starts," he said.

"It probably won't be a deterrent to crime, but at least it's something the prosecutors can charge someone with who's violated the law," he said.  "If this law was in Florida, Casey would have some more jail time to stand."

Legislation drafted in Florida by Rep. Bill Hager would also make it a felony offense for a parent who fails to report a missing child in a timely manner.

"One of the clouds that hung over this trial is that the mother for 31 days did not report her missing daughter and under Florida law, there's no provision that she violated," said Hagar.  "She did not break the law by failing to report that child.  This bill addresses exactly that issue."

Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder charges in an Orange County, Florida courtroom on Tuesday.  She was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement officers and is scheduled to be released from jail next week.

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