The ongoing trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony, accused of the heinous murder of her sweet and innocent three-year-old daughter Caylee Marie, a child who went missing in mid-2008, took an unexpected turn in court today, June 23, as Casey’s mother made a plausible and reasonable explanation for searches on a home computer for dastardly items, particularly chloroform. The prosecution is seeking to prove that Casey, employed as a “shot waitress” in a Florida tavern, put the toddler to sleep with chloroform, then taped over Caylee’s mouth, so that the sleeping girl died of suffocation. The body was later found in a somewhat remote wooded area, in a plastic bag with duct tape found on the decomposed remains.
Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, who has been involved in the case since she called police to report the missing child, testified that she had been the one to make the computer searches. She said that at one point, prior to the absence of Caylee, she had suspected that a family pet, her small dog, was being poisoned resulting from eating leaves in the backyard of their home. Her search originally was for chlorophyll, then went on one thing leading to another, to “chloroform.” Investigation bears out her story. She recalls searching for “alcohol,” “acetone,” “peroxide,” and even “inhalation.”
During the period in which she had the concerns about the dog, Cindy Anthony was also concerned about substances found around the home, in hand sanitizers for example, that might be injurious to small children. She indicated that a friend from work – Mrs. Anthony was working as a nurse at the time – had told her that many such substances were dangerous for young children. Since she didn’t have access to a computer at work, Mrs. Anthony often did such internet searches from the family’s desktop computer, in the home. She specifically mentioned the website druglibrary.org, which she said she viewed “all the time.”
Cindy Anthony’s testimony shed new and different light on the case, which could include a sentence of death for her daughter, Casey. During the prosecution's examination of deemed-relevant facts, stains and smells from Casey’s car were connected to the child’s disappearance. Cindy Anthony described the Pontiac Sunfire, usually driven by Casey, as a family-bought car. She said the “few little stains” had been in the vehicle when they picked it up from a tow yard.