Mum charged with tot murder breaks down as body shown
Published 10/06/2011 | 14:23
Florida mum Casey Anthony who is charged with the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, was taken ill in court when pictures of the slain toddler’s body were shown to the jury.
Images of the child’s skull, with duct tape still in place over her mouth, drew a shocked response from the Orlando courtroom.
Judge Belvin Perry jnr ordered a suspension of evidence for the day when Antony (25) fell ill during testimony of how the skeletal remains of her child were found in a swamp a short distance from her home.
Anthony broke down and cried as images of the little girl’s body were displayed and would not look at the screen.
She is charged with seven counts in Caylee's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. She has pleaded not guilty but if she is convicted she could face the death penalty.
Caylee Anthony’s family last saw her on June 16, 2008, but Casey fobbed off enquiries from her own mother about the child, saying she was with a babysitter. When Casey Anthony’s car was recovered from a tow yard by her father George he described a smell like a dead body coming from it. As a former police officer he recognised the odour of decomposition.
The police were not alerted to the missing toddler until July 15 2008, when Cindy Anthony, the child’s grandmother tracked down her daughter and demanded answers.
Prosecutors allege Casey Anthony used chloroform on her daughter and suffocated her by putting duct tape over her mouth and nose.
They allege she put her daughter's body in the boot of the car before disposing of it. Caylee's skeletal remains were found on December 11, 2008, less than a mile from the home of Casey Anthony's parents.
The case continues.