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NH’s “Caylee Anthony” Bill Would Require Parents To Report Missing Kids

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are planning on filing legislation named after toddler Caylee Anthony that would make it a crime to fail to report a child’s disappearance.

State Sen. David Boutin, a Hooksett Republican, is working on a version of what is being called Caylee’s Law in honor of the dead Florida toddler whose mother did not report her missing for a month.

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, a Salem Republican, also intends to ask the House Rules Committee to allow him to introduce a bill after the deadline. Bettencourt said his bill probably would give parents 48 to 72 hours to report the child missing before they face criminal charges.

In a highly publicized case, Casey Anthony was acquitted last week of murder in her daughter’s death.

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