Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs Caylee's Law - WRBL

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs Caylee's Law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed Caylee's Law Monday. The new law is designed to make it easier to prosecute parents who don't report when their children go missing.

Work began on the bill after Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her daughter, Caylee. She didn't report her missing for about a month.

Senator Bryan Taylor of Prattville, Ala. says "It really is unique in that we didn't get tied up in how long do you have to wait before it's appropriate to report a child as missing. We just said if the child is missing and the parent fails to report it with reckless disregard for the child then the parent can be prosecuted."

Under the new law, the crime is considered a class A felony and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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