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Casey Anthony Finally Goes To Trial For The Murder Of Her 2-Year-Old Daughter, Caylee

Mon, May 9, 2011 5:18pm EDT by Add first Comment

This case has kept everyone on the edge of their seats — is it on the verge of being resolved?

Casey Anthony, a 25-year-old Orlando, Florida mother, is finally going to trial for a terrible crime committed three years ago. Caylee Anthony was murdered and all but forgotten until the child’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, made a phone call to Orange County Police and reported her missing.

The case that captivated people across the country in 2008 is back in the spotlight now that Casey Anthony is finally going to trial for allegedly killing her 2-year-old daughter. More than 400 people were summoned in Clearwater, FL for the careful jury selection of what is sure to be a high-profile case. It is expected to last around 2 months, during which time the 12 jurors and 8 alternates will have to stop using all forms of social media. Once the defense attorney is satisfied with an unbiased group, the second part of the trial will begin — projected May 17.

The alarming thing about Cindy’s phone call to the police was that the child had been missing for a month before being reported. When questioned, Casey said she hadn’t notified police because she had been investigating on her own and was too scared to go to authorities. Cindy’s first phone call in July 2008 was a request to police to come arrest her daughter for stealing a car.

The second call she sounded more frantic, saying, “I have someone here that I need to be arrested. I have a possible missing child. I have a 3-year-old that’s been missing for a month.”

And in the last and most revealing 911 call, Cindy said, ““My daughter finally admitted that the baby sitter stole her. I found my daughter’s car today and it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.” — A babysitter?

According to Casey, she dropped Caylee off with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez on June 9 and never saw her little girl again. While most moms would be grief stricken, there are photos of the young mother out partying on the nights following her daughter’s disappearance.

Caylee’s body was found in a bag by a utility worker only about a quarter mile from the Anthony house where the little girl had lived with her mom and grandparents. Although there was no evidence of trauma to the body, there was duct tape over Caylee’s mouth.

Law enforcement officials found evidence from air samples that there had been a dead body in the trunk of Casey’s car, and court documents show that the phrases “neck-breaking” and “household weapons” had been searched on a computer within the Anthony household. — All adding up to a pretty strong case against Casey.

Casey is being charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and providing false information to law enforcement, meaning she could face the death penalty. She has plead not guilty to the murder of Caylee, but the evidence will likely speak for itself.

–Brooke Peoples