TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill created from the tragedy of a two year old Central Florida girl’s death is now on the desk of Florida Governor Rick Scott.
The bill (HB 37), dubbed “Caylee’s Law”, won unanimous approval Thursday from the FloridaSenate. It previously passed the House.
It increases the maximum penalty from a year in jail to five years in prison for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.
Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of murdering her last year in Orlando but convicted on four counts of lying to investigators.
Caylee wasn’t reported missing until 31 days after she vanished in 2008.
Casey Anthony completed her four-year maximum sentence while awaiting trial on the murder charge.
She could have gotten up to 20 years in prison if the bill had been in effect at that time.
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