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Florida Senate Panel Discussing Child Protection

5:22 PM, Nov 3, 2011   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A special Florida Senate panel is continuing its discussion of potential child protection legislation.

The select committee was formed in response to Casey Anthony's acquittal this year on a charge of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The panel is meeting again Thursday.

Legislation has been filed to require that parents report children missing within 12, 24 or 48 hours and the death of a child within one or two hours.

Caylee was not reported missing until 31 days after she disappeared in the summer of 2008.

Law enforcement officials, though, say such a law could have unintended consequences.

That includes the mistaken belief the deadline instead is a waiting period.







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