Cindy Anthony Won't Face Perjury Charges

State says it has ruled out the possibility

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2011 3:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – Casey Anthony’s mother will not face perjury charges over her testimony, say prosecutors. Cindy Anthony raised eyebrows in court by saying that she, not Casey, looked up chloroform on the family computer. What's more, the search occurred on a day Cindy was apparently at work. But a spokeswoman for the state attorney's office said she would not be charged, reports AP. The development comes after the Orange County sheriff raised the possibility at a wide-ranging news conference with other top investigators in the case. “We've had discussions with the state attorney's office,” said Jerry Demings, notes the Orlando Sentinel. He also mentioned a possible witness tampering case but would not elaborate.

Demings said he supported "Caylee’s Law,” the proposed measure that would make it a felony not to report a missing child within 24 hours or a child’s death within an hour. “I think it's a wonderful law,” Demings said. “No parent should be allowed to not report their child missing under the age of 12 when they know or don't know the whereabouts of their child. “In this case, it seems somewhat unbelievable that a loving mother or parent would not know where their daughter would be and wouldn't report the child missing."

George Anthony, left, and Cindy Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, arrive at the Orange County Courthouse for Casey Anthony's sentencing in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011.
George Anthony, left, and Cindy Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, arrive at the Orange County Courthouse for Casey Anthony's sentencing in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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