'Caylee's Law' goes into effect in Florida

'Caylee's Law' goes into effect in Florida

POSTED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:04pm

A new law aimed at protecting children went into effect in Florida.

"Caylee's Law" is named after two-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder in death of her daughter, Caylee, who was missing 31 days before it was reported to police.

Casey was convicted of four counts of lying to investigators and received the maximum sentence of four years.

The new law increases the maximum penalty - from a one year jail sentence to five years - for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.

If the new law had been in effect, Casey Anthony could have received up to 20 years in prison.

  

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