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Two bills dubbed 'Caylee's Law' proposed in California

July 15, 2011 |  2:07 pm

Getprev2 The death in Florida of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, who was not reported missing for 31 days, has spawned legislative proposals all over the country, including two measures in California.

The child's death was ruled a homicide, but her mother was acquitted of a murder charge this month.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) has introduced AB 1432, which she dubbed "Caylee's Law." The measure would make it a felony in California to fail to report the death or disappearance of a child, age 14 or younger, to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours.

"Law enforcement has known for years that the first 48 hours of a person's disappearance are critical to the chances of finding that child alive and successfully prosecuting any related criminal behavior," Mitchell said.

Meanwhile, three other Assembly members announced Friday that they plan to introduce their own "Caylee's Law."

The proposal by Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), Paul Cook (R–Yucaipa) and Cathleen Galgiani (D-Tracy) would make it a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report the death of a child to authorities within two hours. It also would create a felony for failing to report a missing child under the age of 12 within 48 hours of the child's disappearance.


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Photo: Caylee Marie Anthony. Credit: Associated Press