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Casey Anthony's defense accuses her father of sexually abusing her

Casey Anthony is currently on trial for the alleged murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. The prosecution in the case is focused on the month that went by during which Casey did not tell anyone that her daughter was missing. Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008 and wasn't reported missing until July 15, 2008. The prosecution says that during those 31 days Casey partied and enjoyed her time without the responsibility of caring for a young child.

Casey's defense team has an interesting strategy and are beginning to present a completely different picture of what happened. Casey's defense attorneys say that Casey was sexually abused by her father since she was a child, which led to her habit of telling lies and hiding her pain. This alleged sexual abuse by her father (and by her brother by a lesser extent) led Casey to lie about what had really happened to Caylee.

The defense claims that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool. They say that the father witnessed the death of his granddaughter and blamed it on his daughter. The defense claims that they were the only two people who knew about the death and both hid the truth.

Casey's father denied during testimony that he had sexually abused Casey or that he had witnessed Caylee's death or had hid the little girl's body. Caylee's remains were found in a wooded area about a mile from the family's home in December 2008. Casey initially told police that Caylee had been kidnapped by a nanny who she had hired to care for Caylee. The nanny turned out to be a fabrication.

The trial is currently in its second week. The case is truly a mystery and it will be interesting to see how it turns out. If convicted, Casey could face the death penalty.

Source:

Casey to police: Getting Caylee back is 'the only thing that matters' (CNN)

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