The mother of Caylee Anthony, the 3-year-old girl who has been missing since June, has been indicted for her daughter’s murder. Casey Anthony was arrested on Tuesday after police officers saw her switch cars on a highway. An Anthony family spokesperson says that Casey was about to turn herself in to police. The arrest happened before she was able to surrender.
A grand jury has indicted the 22-year-old on charges of capital murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse, and four counts of providing false information to police. The first-degree murder charge could lead to the death penalty or life in prison if Casey is convicted. She is expected to enter a plea to the indictment within the next 30 days. Prosecutors want Casey to be held without bond.
Casey waited a month after Caylee went missing before telling anyone about the disappearance. Investigators say that while Caylee’s body has not been found, the growing evidence continues to indicate that the toddler is dead.
According to information provided by police, Casey went to nightclubs, regularly text-messaged with friends, and entered “hot-body” contests after her daughter disappeared. She also reportedly gave conflicting statements and false information to police.
Among the evidence cites by police:
• Traces of chloroform and evidence of human decomposition were found in a car linked to Casey.
• Casey reportedly asked a neighbor if she could borrow a shovel.
• Search files on Casey’s computer indicate that she had looked up Web sites about chloroform and missing children.
Casey has always maintained her innocence.
Caylee’s mom named in murder indictment, CNN.com, October 15, 2008
Casey Anthony arrested on busy Orlando-area highway after switching cars, Orlando Sentinel, October 15, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Caylee Anthony Timeline, MyFoxOrlando.com
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