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Calif. lawmakers get ready to introduce Caylee's Law

This undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Fla. shows Caylee Anthony. (Orange County Sheriff's Office, File)

July 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
California lawmakers are building momentum for a law named after Caylee Anthony that would increase the penalty for parents who fail to report their children missing within 48 hours.

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) is the author of AB 1432, dubbed Caylee's Law.

The California bill will also make it a felony not to report a child's death within two hours.

The legislation was sparked by the recent Florida murder trial, during which it was revealed that Caylee's mother Casey Anthony failed to report her daughter missing for one month after her disappearance. In a controversial verdict, Anthony was acquitted on murder charges.

There are now 17 states with pending Caylee laws.