HARRISBURG, July 7, 2011— In response to the disappearance and death of Florida girl, Caylee Anthony, and her mother’s controversial murder trial, state Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) is planning to introduce legislation that would toughen penalties against those who conceal the death of a child.

“Caylee’s Law” would toughen the penalty for concealing the death of a child from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail and a fine of $15,000.

The Farnese measure would also create the offense of “Neglecting to Report a Missing Child” as a first degree misdemeanor, carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of $10,000.

“The disappearance and death of Caylee Anthony and the criminal trial of Casey Anthony riveted the nation and prompted me to take steps to protect Pennsylvania children from similar injustices,” Farnese said.  “Regardless of the jury’s verdict on the murder charges, most people agree that the mother’s conduct following her child’s disappearance was shocking and reprehensible.”

Two-year-old Caylee Anthony was missing for a month before her disappearance was reported. She was ultimately found dead.  Her mother, Casey, was put on trial for her death, but was acquitted of all felony charges, including murder.

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