Casey Anthony Case Prompts Md. Child-Death Bill

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 4:24 PM EDT
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Casey Anthony Case Prompts Md. Child-Death Bill

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Casey Anthony sits in the courtroom before her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla.

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A Maryland lawmaker said the Casey Anthony case has prompted her to propose a bill making it a felony for a parent not to report the death of their child.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs said she received almost two dozen emails from constituents in Harford and Cecil counties in the days following the verdict in the Florida murder trial. She said they asked that she review Maryland law and find a way to criminalize the act of not reporting the death of one's child.

The bill would make it a felony for a parent, legal guardian or caretaker not to notify law enforcement of the death of a child within a short period of time after the death is discovered.

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