TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A bill inspired by the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony is moving closer to passage in the Florida Legislature.
The bill in Florida increases the maximum penalty from a year in jail to five years in prison for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.
Lawmakers crafted the bill last year after Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of murdering the toddler. Casey Anthony was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators.
She was sentenced to the maximum of four years, but was set free after nearly three years because of time served and good behavior.
The bill was approved by a House subcommittee Tuesday. On the Senate side, the bill is still in a committee.
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