But it’s not looking good
Caylee Marie Anthony has been missing since June 9.
On Tuesday, the little girl’s grandparents grew tired of their daughter’s constant excuses and evasions as to why they couldn’t see or talk to their granddaughter, so they reported her missing.
On Thursday, Casey Marie Anthony was arrested and ordered held without bond. She is charged with child neglect and providing false information to law enforcement. Casey showed no emotion as she was arrested; friends and family describe her as a compulsive, habitual liar.
Casey told cops she dropped off her daughter Caylee at a friend’s house but has since lost contact with the friend. She told them her daughter wasn’t at the sitter’s house when she went to pick the child up, so she started to do her own investigation. She identified her friend as Zenaida Gonzalez. When police went to the apartment Anthony said belonged to the alleged baby sitter, they learned it had been vacant for almost five months.
When detectives caught up with Gonzalez and showed her pictures of both Anthony and her daughter, she said she did not recognize either of them.
In what seemed to be the latest in a string of lies, Anthony also told authorities that she worked at Universal Studios, and gave names of people who could vouch for her. Officials later learned she never worked at the theme park — and neither did the people she mentioned.
“You left your 2-year-old child with a person who does not exist at an apartment you cannot identify and you lied to your parents about your child’s whereabouts,” said Judge John Jordan as he ordered her held in custody. “You cared so little about your child.” He also ordered a mental health evaluation.
Casey also claims the child’s father is not alive — something authorities are still looking into.
“I’ve had the feeling the past couple of weeks that Casey’s been holding back,” Caylee’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, told MyFOXOrlando.com. “I’ve been asking to speak with my granddaughter and she’s been making excuses that I can’t talk to her because she’s with someone else or she’s swimming or napping.”
Anthony told her mother she was being sent to Tampa for work and would be back in a few days, but later changed her story and said she was going on a “mini-vacation.”
“I had no reason to believe they weren’t where they were supposed to be,” Cindy Anthony said. “I don’t know why she fabricated this.”
When Casey’s parents learned that her car had been towed from a location nowhere near where she claimed to be staying, they decided to report the toddler missing.
“We believe Casey knows where the girl is because everything she’s told us so far has turned out to be lies,” Orlando sheriff’s spokesman Carlos Padilla told FOXNews.com on Sunday. “We’re making phone calls to anyone who has had contact with her to see if she’s said something.”
On Saturday, the mother’s attorney suggested his client’s daughter might have been taken out of state — possibly to Miami; Charlotte, N.C.; or even New York City. He did not explain why he believes the child might be outside the area where she lived. He said the investigation into Caylee’s disappearance has been hindered by Casey’s imprisonment, which he claims is “counter-productive.”
Authorities spent the weekend digging in Casey’s parents’ backyard after a neighbor reported that Casey had borrowed a shovel several weeks ago. The shefiff said that nothing was found in the yard, and that it is only one of several places they will be looking. Despite having cadaver dogs on the site, the sheriff said they do not have any reason to believe that Caylee is dead, nor are Caylee’s grandparents in any way considered implicated in the case.
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