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Casey Anthony Effect: State Rep. Bill Hager to Introduce "Caylee's Law"

Apparently Nancy Grace fans aren't the only ones up in arms over the fact that Casey Anthony was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Republican State Rep. Bill Hager, who represents Boca Raton, announced today that he's currently drafting legislation he's calling "Caylee's Law."

"Caylee's Law," he says, would make it a felony for a parent or legal guardian not to call the cops when their youngsters go missing.

He hasn't said whether that includes accidents that "snowballed out of control," but being on the Justice Committee might help get his bill onto the floor in the next legislative session.

Here's what Hager said today to announce his bill-drafting intentions:

"What we witnessed in the case of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was truly tragic. Placing a law on the books requiring parents and guardians to report missing children who are in significant danger in a timely manner will ensure that parents are held accountable for their actions. It will also assure that we put justice on the side of those among us who are most vulnerable. And finally, it will put an end to the kind of irresponsible and outrageous behavior we observed with Caylee's mother."

According to Capital Soup, the U.S. Department of Justice says 76 percent of abducted kids who are murdered are killed within three hours of their abduction.

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Matthew Hendley
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