Caylee Marie Anthony (August 9, 2005 – 2008) was an American two-year-old girl who was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near her home in December 2008. Her then 22-year-old mother, Casey Marie Anthony, was tried for the first degree murder of Caylee but was acquitted.
There is also speculation as to the motive of Casey Anthony's alleged murger of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in Orlando, Florida. The media put forth several reasons: she wanted to party; she didn't want her mother to adopt Caylee; she had been forced to have an unwanted child.
When a child is killed, there may be several reasons for the death even if the parent or caregiver provides only one. Unemployment could be a factor and may place a family near or below the poverty line.
Chemist Michael Sigman from the National Center for Forensic Science testified that the car belonging to Anthony did not test positive for decomposition. Air samples from the Florida mom's trunk contained mainly gasoline, although chloroform and two other chemicals were present.
Prosecutors allege that the Orlando woman used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her. She left Caylee's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it, they allege.
"No one else benefited from the death of Caylee Marie Anthony," said assistant state attorney Linda Drane-Burdick in her opening statement. "Caylee's death allowed Casey to live a good life, at least for those 31 days."
The case against Anthony was mostly circumstantial, but as it unfolded she was portrayed in the trial as a promiscuous, self-centered woman who became a cold-blooded killer. The motive, prosecutors alleged, was to allow her to live a carefree life without her daughter.
The State obviously wants all of the statements made by Casey Anthony to be presented to the jury at trial. Her statements, which, as we all now know, are replete with lies. Further, Ms. Anthony’s statements and conduct presented a pattern of behavior, together with a state of mind, totally inconsistent with an anxious mother, distressed that her little girl has gone missing for thirty plus days.
On July 16, investigators discovered that Casey had been lying about her place of employment and other details regarding her daughter's disappearance. As a result, Casey was arrested and charged with child neglect, making false official statements, and obstructing an investigation.
Casey Anthony juror Jennifer Ford said that she and the other jurors cried and were "sick to our stomachs" after voting to acquit Casey Anthony of charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. "I did not say she was innocent," said Ford, who had previously only been identified as juror No. 3. "I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be."
As the verdict was announced in the packed Orlando courtroom of Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Ms. Anthony looked pale and frightened. Then, as the clerk read the words “Not Guilty” on count one, her face eased and she burst into tears.