AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee is holding hearings on a pair of bills requiring notification to authorities when a child is missing.

Both bills reviewed by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday afternoon are modeled after “Caylee’s Law,” which is being considered in Florida.

That legislation was inspired by the case of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, whose mother didn’t report her missing in Florida for about a month. The mother has been acquitted of murder.

In Maine, one bill makes failing to report a missing child within 24 hours a crime, and the other makes it a crime to fail to report a missing child under 13 within 48 hours.

Lawmakers did not dispute the seriousness of failing to report, but expressed concern over unintended consequences of the law.


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