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iFact #50 - Timeline of Events in the Casey Anthony & Caylee Marie Anthony Homicide Case
Timeline of Events in the Casey Anthony and Caylee Marie Anthony Homicide Case
The discovery of a child's skeletal remains just a short walk from the Anthony home on December 11, 2008 ended the search for Caylee Marie in the most tragic way possible. Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged with the murder of the child.
The case of Orlando, Florida toddler Caylee Marie Anthony has drawn not only national attention, but international interest as well. The reasons are clear: The odd behaviour of Casey Anthony and her family has shocked the world like never before. Casey Anthony's inscessent lying and the fact that she did not report her child (Caylee Marie) missing for 31 days belies the her innosence claims but is a significant part of the unique events surrounding of this case and why people have become so interested in it. Other family members have been acting in a bizarre fashion at times also, adding even more drama and drawing even more attention the this tragic homicide.
Cindy Anthony's (Casey's mother) apparent coverup of her daughters misbehaviours and events regarding the case have left people wondering how deeply this woman is actually involved, or at the least, how much she really knows. Although it is clear that Cindy Anthony was not a participant in Caylee's murder, many questions are still unanswered about her actions throughout this unseemly drama.
George Anthony (Casey's father and Caylee's grandfather) and Lee Anthony have not escaped suspicion either. In the beginning George was forthright and honest with police, but since that time, has also changed stories and claims his daughter is innocent, despite the mountain of evidence against her.
Lee is a bit of a mystery. As the family member closest to Casey, one would expect him to possibly have more information than anyone else, but if so, he's not telling. He does, however, claim to believe everything that Casey Anthony tells him, despite his knowledge of her compulsive lying.
The following provides a brief outline of the timeline of events in the case up until Caylee Anthony's body was found.
Casey Anthony Case - Timeline of Events
June 30, 2008: Casey Anthony's car towed. The family car Casey Anthony had been using was found abandoned in front of an Orlando, Fla., cash advance business and towed away. When the towing company called Casey's parents, Cindy and George Anthony, they became concerned. Casey reportedly had told her mother that she was going on a "mini-vacation" to Jacksonville, Fla. Cindy Anthony later discovered that her daughter had been staying with a boyfriend.
July 16, 2008: Casey Anthony arrested. Casey told police that she left Caylee at the apartment of a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, and that both were missing when she returned. Police found, among other discrepancies with her story, that the apartment had been vacant for more than 140 days. Casey was arrested and charged with child neglect.
July 22, 2008: New revelations at bond hearing. In a bond hearing for Casey Anthony, detectives revealed that they had found strands of hair that looked like Caylee's in the trunk of the Anthony family car, and that cadaver dogs had smelled human decomposition in the trunk. Bail was set at $500,000.
July 22, 2008: Casey Anthony called "person of interest." Officials said Casey Anthony is a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance and they were treating the case as a potential homicide.
July 24, 2008: Grandmother reports sighting of missing Caylee. Cindy Anthony told reporters that Caylee was spotted in Georgia, but police could not verify that claim.
Aug. 9, 2008: Caylee's third birthday. Birthday came and went with no sign of the missing child.
Aug. 17, 2008: Bounty hunter offers bond. The arrival of a Californian named Leonard Padilla added to the intrigue. A veteran bounty hunter with his own reality show, Padilla claimed he'd been contacted by Casey Anthony and would post her bond.
Aug. 30, 2008: Casey Anthony returned to jail. Casey Anthony taken into custody on new charges, including petty theft.
Sept. 1, 2008: Police said they believe Caylee Anthony is not alive. The Orange County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying that based on evidence that wasn't yet public and FBI tests, it believed "there is a strong probability that Caylee [Anthony] is deceased."
Sept. 5, 2008: Casey Anthony released from jail.
Sept. 25, 2008: Babysitter files lawsuit. Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman Casey Anthony reportedly named as a suspect in the case, filed a defamation lawsuit against Casey.
Sept., 29, 2008: Casey Anthony returned to jail. Casey Anthony was arrested again and returned to jail on multiple charges including child neglect, lying to investigators, petty theft and use of a forged check, but wasn't charged in conjunction with her daughter's disappearance.
Oct. 2, 2008: Casey Anthony named a suspect in her daughter's disappearance.
Oct. 14, 2008: Casey Anthony charged with first degree murder. Casey was also charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and providing false information to law enforcement.
Dec. 5, 2008: Jail releases Casey Anthony's visitation videos.
Dec. 11, 2008: Skull found near Anthony home. Skeletal remains of a young child were found a half-mile from the Anthony's home.
Dec. 12, 2008: Police "somewhat confident" it's Caylee. Police spokesman Carlos Padilla told ABC News police are "somewhat confident" the remains belong to Caylee Anthony.
Dec. 16, 2008: Defense team is not allowed access to the crime scene during an emergency hearing. For the second time, Judge Stan Strickland denied a motion by Casey Anthony's defense attorney to gain access to the area where the bones of a child were found.
Dec. 19, 2008: Caylee Anthony confirmed dead. Police announced that the results of DNA testing confirm that the remains found belong to the little girl.