TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida law enforcement officials say it could be a mistake to set a deadline for reporting children missing.
Instead they urged a Senate committee Monday to strengthen penalties for those who give false information to police searching for missing kids.
The select committee was formed in the wake of Casey Anthony's acquittal in July on charges she murdered her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Several "Caylee's Law" bills have been introduced that would require parents to report children missing within 12, 24 or 48 hours.
Caylee was not reported missing until 31 days after she disappeared in the summer of 2008. Police say parents may misinterpret such a law to be a waiting period instead of a deadline.
They report that's already happening although there is no waiting period in current law.