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Caylee's Law requires parents to report missing children

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The high profile Casey Anthony murder trial has inspired Alabama's Gov.  Robert Bentley to sign a bill into law that requires parents to report when a child is missing.

Before now, Alabama did not have any penalties for not reporting a missing child.

"We found with the Casey Anthony trial that there was a loophole. You know she couldn't be convicted by a jury of her peers for the actual crime of murder, but she could have at least been convicted, as a parent, for failure to notify authorities," says Rep. Juandalynn Givan.

There is no time limit spelled out for when a report has to be made.

Casey Anthony was accused of murdering her 2 year old daughter Caylee in 2011, who she failed to report was missing for 31 days. Anthony was acquitted of the crime.

The law goes into effect in August.

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