Bill Inspired by Caylee Anthony Clears Panel

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill inspired by the Caylee Anthony case is advancing in the Florida Legislature, just don’t call it “Caylee’s Law.”

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Thursday approved the measure that would make it a felony to give police false information about a missing child who dies or is seriously injured. The maximum penalty would be five years in prison for each false statement.

Sen. Joe Negron said his bill would avoid unintended consequences that could result from other measures in response to Casey Anthony’s acquittal of murdering Caylee, her 2-year-old daughter, in Orlando. They would set deadlines for parents to report missing or deceased children. Some have been dubbed “Caylee’s Law.”

Negron, though, won’t even mention Caylee or her mother. He simply calls it “the Orlando case.”

Source: Associated Press