Caylee Marie Anthony
August 9, 2005 - June 16, 2008
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The heart of the world went out to a little girl named Caylee Marie Anthony as her mother, Casey Anthony filed a missing child report on July 15, 2008. The child had supposedly been missing for 31 days before her mother could be bothered to report her missing. Caylee's grandparents and uncle had not seen her for the entire time and Casey had managed to hold them off with excuses. Casey claimed that her nanny, Zenaida Gonzales, had kidnapped Caylee.


There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life 
They come along, into this world, and make this world bright 
But they can't stay forever, cause they're Heaven sent 
And sometimes, Heaven needs them back again 

Sung by: Kristin Chenoweth 

When the police asked why she had waited so long to report her daughter as missing, Casey said that she had been trying to find her on her own and felt that she could handle it herself. This would be the first of what seemed to be many many lies Casey Anthony would tell in relation to her daughter having disappeared.

Casey proceeded to lead the police on a wild goose chase, taking them to places where she supposedly had a job and then admitting she didn't. Taking them to empty apartments claiming that they were the last place she had seen Caylee, when it wasn't true. Lie after lie would be told as police desperately tried to find Caylee Marie Anthony.

Caylee lived in the home of her grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony with her mother also living there. On June 30, 2008 a towing company called the Anthony home to report that they had a car which Casey had been driving. This was cause for concern since Casey had told her parents she was going on a vacation, this turned out to be a lie. Cindy Anthony called the police on July 15 to report that Caylee was missing:

"I told you my daughter was missing for a month. I just found her today, but I can't find my
granddaughter. She just admitted to me that she's been trying to find her herself. There's 

something wrong. I found my daughters car today, and it smells like there's been a dead 
body in the damn car"
Cindy Anthony

Cindy also reported that it smelled like there had been a dead body in the car. Later, Cindy Anthony would change her story to say that there had been a box of old pizza in the trunk of the car for 19 days which was covered in maggots and that the heat for the past few days caused the pizza to rot and that the it was the source of the smell. It was found to be false, there was no pizza in the car at all. George Anthony would be interviewed by police and would said that having worked in law enforcement, he knew how a decaying body smelled saying it was something you never forget and that the smell was a decaying body. When he picked up the car, he didn't want to open the trunk because the smell was so strong and he didn't want his granddaughter or his daughter to be the source of the smell.

In interviews with the police, Casey constantly claimed that she didn't know where her daughter was and that she had been kidnapped by the nanny who had been watching her for about two years. That turned out to be a lie as well as many other statements she made. When asked by the police if she thought that all of the lies she was telling were helping to find her daughter, Casey said that she knew it wasn't helping at all and just made excuses for why she had lied, claiming she wanted to protect her daughter:

“Right now, looking at you, I know that everything that you've told me is a lie, including the 
fact that your child was last seen a month ago and that you don't know where she is. I'm 
very confident that you know where she is.”
 A detective who was questioning Casey

“I have no clue where she is. If I had any sense of where she was at all, none of this 
would have happened.”
Casey Anthony

During the 31 days before reporting her child missing, Casey Anthony spent time "looking" for her daughter. Unfortunately, her definition of looking for her daughter was quite different from what the usual definition would be. Casey rented movies with her boyfriend on the very day that she says was the last time she saw Caylee. Casey went shopping, with a friends checkbook. Casey went to the bars and nightclubs and was described as the life of the party.  

On July 16, 2008, Casey Anthony was arrested and charged with neglect of her daughter. Later, detectives would find signs of human decomposition in the trunk of the car and they would find a presence of Chloroform. A computer that was taken from the Anthony home through a search warrant would reveal that someone in the home had been doing searches to find out how to make home made Chloroform as well as searches on how to break someone's neck and searches were made on
missing children's sights. Further on in the case it would be shown that a search was made for the 100th episode of a television show called "One Tree Hill. In that episode a child goes missing and the mother blames it on the nanny.

On July 22, 2008 the police decided to treat Caylee's case as a homicide and they also started calling Casey a person of interest. A few days later Cindy Anthony reports an alleged sighting of Caylee in the state of Georgia. Other sightings would

 be reported over time including one where a cell phone was used to take a picture of a child playing in a mall and one where a person supposedly watched a child who looked like Caylee, in an airport for about 20 minutes. I listened to news about these reports and wondered why people could stop to take pictures or watch a child for 20 minutes and NOT stop to tell someone in a position of security that they suspected this was Caylee Anthony, a child who was missing from Florida.

In phone calls recorded at the prison, between Casey and her parents, there is mention of the fact that Caylee's third birthday is coming up and they would like for her to be home for that. August 9, 2008 would have been her third birthday and Caylee remained missing. On August 17, 2008 a man named Leonard Padilla bonded Casey out of jail after she contacted him. Her freedom would be very short lived. On August 30 Casey was arrested and returned to jail on charges that included petty theft. In September, it was confirmed that Caylee's
body had been in the trunk of the car:

“We clearly have evidence that indicates there was a dead body in the trunk of Casey car 
and that body was Caylee.”
Orange County Sheriff’ Sgt. John Allen

Casey had taken the check book of a friend who had lent her her car while she was out of town. Casey wrote many checks all over town, buying things for herself only and nothing for Caylee. Casey would get out of jail only to be arrested again. Then on October 14, 2008, Casey was arrested on charges that included first degree murder and giving false information to the police.

On December 11, 2008, a city worker reported finding a human skull in a wooded area less than half of a mile from the Anthony house. The skull was found to be that of a child and had duct tape around it. The area was closed off and throughout that same area other bones were found. After testing is done, the bones are confirmed to be the remains of Caylee Anthony.

"With regret I'm here to inform you that the skeletal 
remains found on December 11, are those of the missing toddler, Caylee Anthony. As are 
usual protocol, the next of kin has been notified prior to making this information public. 
This identification was made by Nuclear DNA taken from a portion of the remains and compared 
to a known profile of Caylee Anthony. The DNA analysis was performed by the FBI DNA Lab in Quantico, Virginia. 

Except for the bone specimen used for the DNA which has since been returned to my morgue, 
the remains have been maintained and analyzed at the district 9 morgue here in Orlando. These 
have been analyzed by myself, my Deputy Chief Medical Examiner and two Forensic Anthropologists, one from the University Of Florida and one from the University Of Central Florida.

My examination of the body and evidence is complete barring no further bones being found. 
And the anthropologic exam will be finished up shortly. The remains are completely skeletonized 
with no visible soft tissue present and no antimortom trauma evident. Meaning that there was 
no trauma to the bones, uh, prior to death.

Toxicology testing is still to be completed on the bone and hair. While this analysis may prove 
to be informative, it will be difficult to interpret levels from these specimens and thus will not be definitive in helping determine the cause of death. The manner of death, though, is an opinion based 
on available information including: examination of the body, information from the scene, as well 
as circumstantial evidence.

Based on all of this, the manner of death in this case is homicide. The cause of death will be listed 
as homicide by undetermined means. Should other pertinent information become available, the cause 
of death may be revisited. While I would love to explained the forensic aspects of this case to you, 
and any of you know me, know I would love to do that. Uh, we must remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This case needs to be tried in a court of law not the media. And thus 
I will not discuss specifics of the findings of this case at this time.

Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia 

George and Cindy Anthony asked for immunity from prosecution when being questioned. Why does someone who has nothing to hide and claims to have had nothing to do with the disappearance of this precious little Angel, need immunity? Caylee's Uncle, Lee Anthony, may face charges of his own. According to Thomas Luka who is Lee Anthony's lawyer, Lee had been conducting his own investigation for months. The charges could be aiding and abetting, even if it was not what he intended to do. Thomas Luka says that Lee has been cooperating with the police:

"For that reason, he feels at this point, now that the police are focusing completely on Casey, 
he wants to make sure that his own civil rights are protected."

"Mr. Anthony obviously wants his civil rights protected. Everyone involved in the case should 
have their rights covered when determining what the police can and can 
not do or should and should not expect from the witnesses involved in this case."

Later in the case it was revealed that the city employee who had found the bag which contained Caylee's remains, had called on three separate occasions to report something suspicious that he had seen in that exact spot. Some people believe that the city worker had something to do with the case other than just reporting what he had seen.

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As of January 2009, there is a battle going on for the pictures of the first examination of Caylee's remains. The defense wants to see the pictures and the prosecution believes if they give them the picture, the defense will only try to sell them for a profit. Pictures and video of Caylee are alleged to have been sold already, by the prosecution. I am not sure what to believe here since the defense will have access to the remains and could take their own pictures.

There is some speculation surrounding two private investigators, hired by the Anthony family. There is allegedly video of them near the site where Caylee's remains were found. According to Leonard Padilla, there was a conversation where one of the private investigators claimed that they knew where Caylee was and when asked if she was alive he said no and that they were going to go and get her. There was allegedly a tape made of the area where Caylee's remains were found, which was made in November of 2008.

As of today's date, January 8, 2009, the remains of Caylee Marie Anthony are in a cardboard box at the mortuary. The defense had stated that the funeral would not be held until a second examination could be performed. The second examination has been said to have been performed at LEAST five days ago. Casey Anthony will not be allowed to go to the funeral, however, if she chooses to do so, she would be able to watch the funeral on television while in prison.

I will post updates on this case as they become available.

UPDATE:

It is with a sad and very heavy heart that I am updating this page. On July 5th, 2011, the STUPIDEST jury in the
history of the world found Casey Anthony not guilty of all of the SERIOUS charges related to her daughters death.
On that jury was one woman who said upfront to the judge that she was not able to judge other people, the judge
made her stay on the jury any way.

Casey was found guilty of charges relating to lying to the police and will have to pay back some of the money
that they used in trying to find Caley. That will show her, right? Casey is out, free, walking around as though nothing happened. Her parents have been interviewed and it seems that her mother has her head in the clouds and has stated that she would like to see Casey have another child, though she knows she not mentally right.She says that if Casey gets help and gets well, she should have another child if she wants to.

During the trial, Casey's attorney stated that George had found Caylee in the family pool, that she had drowned and he told Casey that her mother would never forgive her. They accused George of hiding her body. In court Jose Baez also had the nerve to accuse George of molesting Casey for many years. It sickens me to know that someone who killed her daugher, could then go on to accuse or allow her father to be accused of this kind of act in order to save her own butt.

We'll see what the future holds for Casey, hopefully it doesn't hold any more children and though she deserves to be in prison for the rest of her life, hopefully the future doesn't hold revenge for Calee.

My own opinion changed while watching the trial and interviews after the accusations made against George Anthony by that slug, Jose Baez. I think Cindy Anthony lied several times in court and that she was covering something up, not necessarily that she KNEW what had happend or was involved, however, I do believe she was trying to protect her daughter, though she clearly didn't deserve it. I think Jose and Casey threw George to the wolves in order to cast doubt in the minds of the jurors and it worked because the jury was a bunch of IDIOTS who for whatever reason, ignored the facts presented to them by the Prosecutors.
Return to Caylee's story
Read a timeline of events surround Caylee's death
Read the obituary for Caylee, written by Cindy Anthony
Read about the public memorial for Caylee
Read about the memorial held by Leonard Padilla

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