It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than five years since America watched with baited breath as the jury made a decision about Casey Anthony’s highly publicized murder trial. For those unfamiliar with the case, she was accused of killing her then two-year-old daughter Caylee, who was reported missing in July 2008 by her maternal grandmother Cindy Anthony after Cindy had gone more than 31 days without seeing the toddler, alleging that Casey’s car smelled like a dead body.
The late Caylee Anthony. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Months later — in October — Casey was charged with first-degree murder, just months before her daughter’s skeletal remains were found in a trash bag. One question that people still ask about this trial was whether or not Casey was found guilty. The answer is technically yes and no; for those who may not remember, Casey was actually acquitted of murder, after being found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse — while she was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
Of course, since the trial in 2011, many people still have a lot of questions about Casey’s trial and Caylee’s death. Check out some of the most common questions people have about the case!
There has never been an official answer to who fathered the late child; there have been many suspects when it comes to Caylee’s paternity, including Casey’s ex Jesse Grund. During the trial, Casey’s lawyer implied that Casey’s brother may have impregnated her. Cindy — Casey’s mother — has stated that the man who fathered Caylee died before the family made headlines, but to this day, her paternity remains a mystery.
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Sadly, in December 2011, Caylee’s remains were found alongside a blanket in a garbage bag in a wooded area near the Anthony’s home. At the time, duct tape was also discovered, but there are still debates about whether or not it was found near the skull, or near the mouth of the child.
Though Caylee’s death was ruled a homicide — because of the presence of the duct tape — the official cause of death on the child’s autopsy was listed as “death by undetermined means” by the medical examiner. When Caylee's body was found, it was only skeletal remains — making it harder to determine a potential cause of death.
Today, Casey Anthony lives in South Florida with Patrick McKenna, a private investigator who worked on her defense team. Though she is said to be an aspiring photographer, she also assists Patrick with his work by lending a hand when it comes to research for other cases.
Casey’s parents, George and Cindy. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Casey has been estranged from her parents since the trial, which is understandable — considering, at one point during the trial, Casey claimed that her father sexually abused her as a child. When Casey broke her silence in March for an interview with the Associated Press, Casey's parents said they were "hurt" by it. They released a joint statement, "After years of silence, Casey Anthony has decided to complete an interview and has once again pointed to George Anthony, her father, as a suspect in the disappearance and death of his granddaughter, Caylee"
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