New Caylee Anthony Twist Explained by Broward County Attorney William R. Moore
Investigators searching for clues in the case of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony are awaiting the results of DNA testing on a small child’s remains, Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer William Moore has learned. The sweet-faced Florida toddler vanished in June, but her disappearance was not reported until mid-July when her grandmother notified the police. The odd circumstances surrounding the little girl’s disappearance quickly made Caylee a national news item. Caylee’s mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony was arrested on child neglect charges; in October, she was charged with the first-degree murder of Caylee. Although the child’s body had not been located, Florida investigators believed she was dead. Casey Anthony’s car reportedly smelled of death in June, an odor so overpowering her father described it as filling the entire garage. Further investigation revealed that hair found in the trunk of the car was left there by decaying human remains. DNA evidence and traces of chloroform found in the trunk, coupled with Casey Anthony’s web searches for at-home chloroform recipe, will give her criminal defense lawyer plenty to work on. Her Florida criminal attorney will surely point out that investigators recovered a trash bag that had been in Anthony’s trunk, which contained an empty pizza box, flies, and maggots – in line with her explanation that the smell had come from rotting pizza.
Casey Anthony claimed that she left her daughter with a baby sitter. When police checked the address of the caretaker Anthony gave them, they found a long-vacant apartment. Members of the community have searched everywhere for a body, most believing that Caylee is likely dead. Caylee’s grandparents have repeated indicated that they believe Caylee is alive. Additionally, the media and investigators have noticed odd behavior, like Casey Anthony’s partying in the weeks following Caylee's disappearance.
Casey Anthony was subsequently charged with the murder of her three-year-old daughter. Although detectives had not located Caylee Anthony’s remains, they believed that the circumstances surrounding Caylee’s disappearance – and the apparently conflicting explanations offered by her mother – implicated Casey Anthony in the child’s disappearance.
On Thursday, a Florida utility worker was out near the Anthonys’ home, where Caylee and her mother had lived with Caylee’s grandparents. The worker picked up a trash bag, which would have been submerged around the time of Caylee’s death and the subsequent searches. A tiny skull fell out of the back and the worker immediately contacted Florida police. The body was found only a quarter of a mile from the home.
Florida Investigators have tentatively identified the remains as Caylee Anthony’s, pending DNA confirmation by the FBI. Police searched the home again late in the evening, taking away a vacuum cleaner and other items.
Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer William Moore has experience in a wide range of criminal defense situations and a great trial record. An arrest can damage all aspects of your life, including your employment prospects and custody of your children. If you have been charged with a crime in Florida, contact William Moore, P.A., which is an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties. Call 954-523-5333 to schedule an appointment with William Moore today.
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