Casey Anthony verdict sparks enactment of Caylee’s Law

Following Casey Anthony’s shocking acquittal on charges of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, a woman in Oklahoma initiated an online petition on the site

The petition calls for a law that obliges parents to notify police of a missing child within 24 hours. It also calls for felony charges if the death of their child is not reported within an hour of the incident.

In two days the petition managed to collect more than 300,000 signatures.

Regarding the proposed legislation, Rep. Paul Wesselhoft said, “It probably won’t be a deterrent to crime, but at least it’s something the prosecutors can charge someone with who’s violated the law. If this law was in Florida, Casey would have some more jail time to stand.”

Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008, but it was only a month later, on July 15, that the child’s grandmother notified authorities.

Casey Anthony was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to authorities and is set to be released July 17.