For those of you who were following it, it was a weird case, a suspicious case. For those of you who weren’t following it, it’s still a weird and suspicious case. Casey Anthony, a young mother of a 2 year old daughter first of all took 31 days to report her daughter Caylee’s disappearance, which happened on June 16, 2008.
This report followed a whole heap of lies, including accusing the babysitter of taking the child. Caylee’s body was found, decomposed, not far from her home.
Casey then behaved very coldly, oddly and callously following her child’s death. Odd to the extent of partying it up with friends and her boyfriend, and acting happy and free.
Finally it came to light that, according the Ms Anthony and her father, a former police officer, Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool, so they panicked and hid the body.
Is this strange? Well, the prosecution obviously thought so, but due to lack of forensic evidence, no witnesses and a body so decomposed it was difficult to pinpoint cause of death, the jury found her not guilty.
Click here to read the whole story in the NY Times.
I must say, guilty or innocent, my blood runs cold at a parent being so seemingly uncaring. Perhaps it was shock, denial, or something more psychological, but I cannot fathom hiding the fact your child died for a whole month – especially if that death was accidental.
Whatever happened I don’t think we’ll ever know. But this case does drive home the fact that protecting your children is of paramount importance, and I am thankful most of us are good parents.