TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Outrage over Casey Anthony's acquittal has prompted lawmakers nationwide to propose so-called Caylee's laws that would allow prosecutors to bring felony charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children.
The measures were triggered, at least in part, by an online petition seeking a federal law that had more than 700,000 signatures Friday.
Some questioned whether a new law would do any good because the circumstances of the Anthony case were so rare, but lawmakers in at least a dozen states have floated proposals.
Florida's proposal would make it a felony for a parent or other caregiver to not report a child under the age of 12 missing after 48 hours. It also would make it a felony to not report a child's death or "location of a child's corpse" to police within two hours of the death.
In 2008, Anthony's 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was last seen at her Orlando home. For the next month, Casey Anthony, then 22, said Caylee was with an imaginary nanny.
Her mother called detectives when she could not produce her child. Anthony was acquitted of murder in Caylee's death, but convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators. She is set to go free next Sunday. -- AP