Posted: Feb 14, 2012 10:41 AM
Updated: Feb 14, 2012 10:41 AM
TALLAHASSEE - A bill inspired by the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony is a step closer to approval by the Florida Legislature.
Lawmakers crafted the bill last year after Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted of murdering her child.
She was however found guilty on four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators.
Anthony was sentenced to the maximum of four years, a year for each misdemeanor count, but was set free after nearly three years because of time served and good behavior.
The Florida bill increases the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor convictioon from a year in jail to five years for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.