Little Caylee Anthony’s murder in Florida and the ensuing sensational trial that gripped the nation last year has inspired legislation, making it a crime in West Virginia for a parent or custodian to fail to report a missing child.

One of its co-sponsors, Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, acknowledged Thursday that SB352 is a direct result of Anthony’s slaying.

In court for weeks in a trial that held Americans spellbound last summer, testimony showed the child’s mother, Casey, who ultimately was acquitted of her daughter’s death, didn’t notify authorities of her child’s disappearance for 31 days.

Jenkins said the evidence at the trial showed that the victim’s mother, in the weeks between the time she vanished and was found, engaged in everyday activities and was seen in nightclubs, sporting a fresh tattoo.

“And for her to come in later and say her child was missing and had been missing for weeks but seemed to go on with her life caused people to say something doesn’t look right here,” Jenkins said.

See the complete story in Friday's edition of The Register-Herald.

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