Casey Anthony is a free woman. She finished her probation in August and her last known location is being kept from the public for her own protection.
“We are still not releasing that information just in case. We could be jeopardizing somebody’s life, somebody’s security,” said Ann Howard with the DOC.
Casey was found not guilty of murdering her daughter Caylee last year. The acquittal sparked public outrage.
Casey didn’t report Caylee missing for an entire month and was convicted on four counts of lying to police, a misdemeanor, until now.
Monday, a new law inspired by the Anthony trial, went into affect. Had it been in place before her trial, Casey could be in prison serving 20 years for lying to police.
From now on, people who lie to police trying to find anyone under the age of 16 can be charged with a third degree felony, carrying a penalty of five years behind bars.
FDLE Special Agent Supervisor Carol Frederick says the new law gives investigators a better shot at finding missing kids quicker by helping to eliminate false leads. “If somebody has reported a child missing, it is a serious matter and we all look. We don’t want people to cry wolf.”
Even though Casey isn’t behind bars, she’s still paying for the death of her daughter. She’s broke and death threats have forced her to live in hiding.
When lawmakers began working on this legislation, it was called Caylee’s law but the title was quickly changed. The sponsor wanted to make sure people knew it was being drafted broad enough to protect all Florida children.