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Published: July 8, 2011

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Second lawmaker plans to file ‘Caylee's Law'

Sen. Greg Treat on Thursday became the second legislator in as many days to announce plans to sponsor legislation that would make it a felony for adults not to report a child who is missing or dead. Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said his legislation would require parents or guardians to quickly notify authorities of a child's death or disappearance. Casey Anthony was sentenced Thursday in Florida to four years in prison for lying to investigators about the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, who was missing for 31 days in 2008 before her grandmother notified police. Anthony was acquitted earlier of murder and child abuse charges. Treat said he is looking at state statutes and conducting research to determine an appropriate time limit for notifying authorities in the event of a child's death or disappearance. He said he plans to file “Caylee's Law” for the 2012 session, which begins in February. He said the lengthy delay in the reporting of Caylee Anthony's disappearance “provoked well-deserved outrage.” Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, said Wednesday he would file similar legislation. No Oklahoma statutes address the issue, he said.

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