Casey Anthony verdict prompts calls for “Caylee’s Law”

The acquittal of Florida’s Casey Anthony (left) yesterday has sparked an online campaign demanding a federal law that would make not reporting your child missing within 24 hours a felony.

The campaign, called “Caylee’s Law,” was started by an Oklahoman woman who was angered at the verdict. So far, more than 37,000 people have signed online petition. UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7, nearly 383,000 signed the petition.

Anthony was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter Tuesday in the case of her two-year-old daughter Caylee’s death. One of the most controversial parts of the case — one that had much of the pyublic convicned of her guilt — was that she waited a month before notifying law enforcement that her daughter was missing. The little girl was was last seen on June 16, 2008; hner disappearance wasn’t reported until July 15 of that year.

“I could not believe she was not being charged with child neglect or endangerment, or even obstruction of justice,” petition-starter Michelle Crowder said in a written statement released by Change.org. “I am hoping that this will be made into a federal law so that no other child’s life, disappearance, and/or death is treated in the manner that poor Caylee’s was treated. No child deserves that.”

If Caylee’s Law is enacted, it would join several other  laws named after small children who were victims of violent deaths. The most recent one in New York has been Leandra’s Law, which makes driving drunk with a child in the car a felony punishable by prison time.