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Casey Anthony's father George supports "Caylee's Law"

George Anthony reacts during his testimony in the murder trial of his daughter, Casey, in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Casey Anthony has plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. AP Photo/Red Huber

Casey Anthony's father George supports "Caylee's Law"
George Anthony reacts during his testimony at his daughter Casey Anthony's trial June 29, 2011.
AP Photo/Red Huber

(CBS/WKMG/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - "Caylee's Law," which would make it a felony for parents or caregivers to not report the death of a child to authorities within one hour and a child's disappearance within 24 hours, is gaining momentum in Florida as well as other states, and Casey Anthony's father George has decided to speak out in support of it.

Pictures: Casey and Caylee Anthony, personal photos

Talks of the legislation began shortly after Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. A petition for the new law has1.1 million signatures, including George Anthony's, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

"This is a great legacy for my granddaughter. Other children still need assistance. If it reflects on my daughter, well, so be it," George Anthony said to a Washington Post blogger.

Last week Casey Anthony was acquitted on first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter charges in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

Caylee Anthony was not reported missing until 30 days had passed.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to a total of four years in jail on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, as well as a fine of $4,000, plus court costs. However, due to credit for time served and good behavior, Anthony is scheduled to be released this Sunday.

Several other states are also seriously considering adopting "Caylee's Law."

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  • Camille Mann

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