orlando sentinel recap of the documents

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orlando sentinel recap of the documents

Post by oviedo45 on Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:46 pm

Crime-scene photos, documents released in Casey Anthony case

See photos from today's discovery here, read documents here
Walter Pacheco, Bianca Prieto and Amy L. Edwards |Sentinel Staff Writer12:36 PM EST, February 18, 2009

Investigators said the duct tape found wrapped around the skull of Caylee Marie
Anthony matched Henkel brand duct tape stuck on a gas canister at the
Anthonys' home, forensic reports released today show.

The reports show that none of the fingerprints belonging to the
toddler's grandparents or uncle were found on the duct tape. However,
forensic investigators did not address if they found prints belonging
to the toddler's mother, Casey Anthony, on the adhesive tape.

Detectives also show that Caylee's body was stored in her mother's
white Pontiac for some time before it was removed and relocated.

The more than 500 pages of forensic reports from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and interviews conducted by detectives at the Orange
County Sheriff's Office also paint a portrait of an emotionally
troubled young woman, who had problems with her parents, once alleged
having a miscarriage after Caylee's birth and considered getting
herself committed to a mental institution.

"Evidence on the body suggests that the child's death was not
accidental but an intentional act," Detective Yuri Melich of the
sheriff's office wrote on a Feb. 5 report. "As of this writing, there
is nothing to suggest that anyone but Casey Anthony is responsible for
the death and disposal of Caylee Anthony."

Casey Anthony, 22, faces charges of first-degree murder in the slaying
of her 2-year-old daughter. Anthony remains at the Orange County Jail
without bond.

The legal and forensic documents also show that Anthony considered
herself a bad mother and that her parents, George and Cindy Anthony,
had tried to take custody of their granddaughter on more than one
occasion. Her brother, Lee Anthony, told one of his sister's friends,
"Don't protect Casey."

Anthonys' friends told investigators that Cindy Anthony had used her
daughter's e-mail account to send messages out and had signed using her
daughter's name. Anthony also showed outward signs of jealousy when it
came to Cindy Anthony's relationship with Caylee.

Most of the photos included in the discovery items show aerial views of
the crime scene, as well as photographs of the wooded site where the
child's remains where found off Suburban Drive. Reports also show lists
of evidence collected at the toddler's Hopespring Drive home and the
crime scene, search warrant items and forensic reports.

The interviews with friends show Anthony's troubled state of mind prior
to giving birth to Caylee, as well as interactions with her family and
moments of emotional distress.

Michelle Murphy, a long-time friend of the Anthonys', told
investigators that Casey Anthony complained about having a bad
relationship with her father, George Anthony.

Murphy said Lee Anthony and George Anthony had told her that they and
Cindy Anthony were considering getting custody of Caylee, the report
said. Anthony had told Murphy she considered herself a bad mother, but
did explain herself.

A former friend, Annie Downing, said Anthony had visited her in late
2006 or early 2007, saying that she needed to talk to someone about
emotional issues. "She needed to get away and felt like she was having
a breakdown," Downing told investigators.

She had also told Murphy that she was feeling "crazy" and was considering getting "herself committed," the report said.

Anthony didn't tell Downing what was causing the breakdown, but said
she wanted to go to "an institution" and that Caylee could stay with
her grandmother. When Downing called her later that night, Anthony said
she had spoken to her mother and she was fine.

In February 2007, Anthony told Downing she had a miscarriage from a man
named Brandon Snow. None of her friends, including Downing or Murphy,
believed this was true.

Downing and Anthony severed their friendship around August 2007 after
Downing discovered Anthony was a liar, Downing told investigators.

Reports show Anthony's family was turning against her.

After Anthony was released from jail at one point last year, Downing
visited her several times at her home and spent the night once. Anthony
told Downing, "When this is all said and done, I have so much to tell
you," Downing told investigators.

While Downing was visiting the Anthonys' home, she told investigators
that Casey Anthony found Cindy Anthony on the computer using her
daughter's e-mail account and signing the e-mails with Casey's name.

two argued about it, but Cindy Anthony told her daughter, "if this can
find us Caylee, then you know I'm going to do whatever I can."

Downing also told investigators that she had received a phone call from
Lee Anthony in October, after information had been made public about
Casey telling another friend she could get some Xanex from her friend
named Annie.

She said Lee Anthony told her, "We all know Casey's done bad things,
but you need to protect yourself…you need to tell them [investigators]
the truth…don't protect Casey."

Anthony showed many signs of jealousy concerning Caylee's relationship with her grandmother, Cindy.

During an interview, Downing told detectives that Anthony once told her
that Cindy Anthony wanted Caylee to call her 'mom' instead of 'grand
mom' the report said.

During Caylee's 2nd birthday, Anthony told Downing, "Oh my God, this is
supposed to be Caylee's Day. I'm her mom. She's not her mom," in
reference to Cindy Anthony helping Caylee open presents.

The extensive reports also include the evidence they discovered at the crime scene.

Authorities found a World of Disney bag near Caylee Anthony's remains.
Inside the bag investigators discovered a Gatorade Cool Blue bottle
with unknown liquid and white sediment.

A syringe in a wrapper was found inside a toilet paper roll that was in the bottle.

Caylee's remains were found inside of two black plastic bags and a
canvas laundry bag. Detectives also found a stained Winnie the Pooh
blanket, a pair of size 24 month pink and white stripe shorts, a pink
size 3T shirt with the words "BIG TROUBLE comes small" written on the
front and what detectives thought to be pieces of a child's pull up.

The sheriff's office asked the FBI to compare the black plastic bag
found with Caylee's remains to the garbage bags collected from the
Anthonys' house; to compare the duct tape found on the remains to the
duct tape on the gas can from the Anthonys' residence; and to examine
vacuums and cleaners for possible decomposition materials or other
related items.

Also included in the documents is a letter asking the FBI to compare
items taken from the Anthony house in December, when a search warrant
was executed. Among the items taken from the house are multiple garbage
bags, a Bissel steam cleaner, Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner, a Bissel spot
cleaner and one red gas can with duct tape.


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