Fla. Senate panel proposes child protection bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony could have gotten up to 20 years behind bars instead of just four under a bill being proposed in the Florida Senate.

A select committee was formed in response to Anthony’s acquittal recommended Thursday legislation that would increase the penalty for lying to police investigating a missing child if the child subsequently suffers serious injuries or dies.

The maximum would go from one year now to five years for each instance. Anthony was convicted on four counts of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Anthony completed her sentence while awaiting her murder trial.

The panel, though, rejected the idea of setting deadlines for reporting a child missing or dead. Such deadlines are contained in other bills, some dubbed Caylee’s law.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. 

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