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General Assembly To Introduce Caylee’s Law After Casey Anthony Case

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The death of two-year-old Florida girl Caylee Anthony will be considered in a seemingly unlikely place– the Maryland General Assembly.

Political Reporter Pat Warren reports a bill is being introduced as Caylee’s Law.

Since she was found innocent in July of the death of her daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony has made headlines with a video diary that popped up on YouTube.

“The good thing is that things are starting to look up and things are starting to change in a good way,” Casey Anthony said in the video.

Some Maryland lawmakers are using her example as a reason to make some changes themselves.

The fate of the two-year-old sparked national outrage, from a Casey Anthony dunk tank featured at a fair in Lexington, Ky., to phone calls to the Maryland General Assembly.

“We just have never seen such response to a trial that took place in Florida,” Baltimore County Del. Susan Aumann said. “I can’t tell you how many telephone calls I’ve received over the time. I mean, it was just incredible.”

Casey Anthony did not report her child missing until 31 days after Caylee Anthony disappeared.

Del. Aumann is sponsoring a bill in the House to make it a felony for a parent or guardian to fail to report the disappearance or death of a child within 24 hours.

“If you make absolutely no attempt and you don’t bother at all to try to find out where your children are, this is what this law is pertaining to,” she said. “The fact that you just have no regard for their health or welfare especially children who are under age. Caylee Anthony was two years old.”

Harford Senator Nancy Jacobs is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

According to the sponsors, the bill has the support of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association.

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