Is Caylee Marie Anthony Still Alive?
Posted by shadmia on October 18, 2008
Caylee Marie Anthony, born August 9, 2005 is now 3-years-old. She did not get to celebrate her third birthday with candles, a cake and presents. She was not even with her mother or any other family members for her third birthday. She may in fact have been dead before her third birthday. Caylee Marie Anthony is missing and her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, has been charged with her murder by the police in Orange County, Fl.
Caylee Marie Anthony was reported missing July 15th 2008 by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, after being told by Casey – her daughter and Caylee’s mother – that the toddler had been missing since June 9th 2008.
What followed the missing child report has been a drama of lies, changing stories, a family pitted against each other, charges of forgery, a car with the “smell of death” – but no dead body. Nevertheless police say they have enough evidence. Casey Anthony was arrested after a grand jury indicted her on charges of First-degree murder, Aggravated child abuse, Aggravated manslaughter and four counts of Lying to investigators. She appeared before Judge John Jordan, who read the charges against her and sent her to jail, without bail.
Police became involved in this case after the missing child report was filed by the toddler’s grandmother. Casey told the police that she last saw her daughter when she dropped her off at the babysitter’s. Later, when she went to pick up her daughter after work, she discovered that both the babysitter, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez (Zainie), and her daughter were nowhere to be found. Casey said she spent the next month trying to find her daughter Caylee. She did not immediately report Caylee missing because she was afraid.
After investigating Casey’s story the police say Casey was not being truthful. For one thing the apartment where Zainie was supposed to live had been vacant. Also after tracking down Zainie (who is a real person) it turns out that Zainie never even met Casey. In fact Zainie has filed a defamation lawsuit against Casey Anthony, claiming that she caused her to loose her job and has caused problems in her family’s life.
A strong odor of decomposition was detected in Casey’s car leading to speculation that a body may have been hidden there. Casey was eventually arrested and held on $500,000 bail, charged with child neglect, providing false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. She is also charged in an unrelated case, accused of stealing checks from from her friend and going on a shopping spree.
Casey made bail thanks to celebrity bail bondsman Tony Padilla and was confined to her parent’s house wearing an ankle bracelet. However, police presented evidence to a grand jury and called witnesses to testify – including her own father, George Anthony – believing that Casey did in fact kill her daughter. The grand jury indicted her on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators about the disappearance of her daughter. If convicted of first-degree murder, Casey Anthony could face the death penalty or life in prison. Prosecutors said no decision has been made on whether to seek the death penalty.