TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony could have gotten up to 20 years behind bars instead of four under a bill being proposed in the Florida Senate.
A select committee formed in response to Anthony's acquittal on a charge of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, recommended the legislation Thursday.
It would increase the penalty for lying to police investigating a missing child if the child subsequently suffers serious injuries or dies.
The maximum would go from one year now to five years for each instance. Anthony was convicted on four counts of lying to police. She completed her sentence while awaiting her murder trial.
The panel, though, rejected the idea of setting deadlines for reporting a child is missing or dead. Such deadlines are contained in other bills, some dubbed Caylee's law.
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