The autopsy report of Caylee Marie Anthony was released to the public record today by Judge Stan Strickland, despite the legal efforts of George and Cindy Anthony, Caylee’s grandparents, and their family lawyer. George and Cindy Anthony had requested that the autopsy not become public because it would cause the family “great anguish” in struggling with the child’s loss.
Knowing that the Caylee Anthony autopsy was due to be released Friday, June 19, George and Cindy Anthony filed a motion to have the autopsy report sealed on June 11. Brad Conway, the Anthony’s lawyer, wants the autopsy sealed until Casey Anthony goes to trial.
Casey Anthony, 23, is currently in Orange County Jail, charged with the first-degree murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony, who went missing a year ago this week. She was last seen by George Anthony on June 16. Casey Anthony, who contends that she is innocent of any wrongdoing, claims that her daughter was taken by her nanny. She also claimed — and continues to claim — that she searched for her daughter alone for nearly a month until forced by her mother, Cindy, to tell the police that her daughter was missing.
The state attorney’s office told WESH last Thursday that the Caylee Anthony autopsy would be released as scheduled, along with an additional 1000 pages of documents concerning the case.
There may be a simple explanation as to why the Anthonys attempted to seal the Caylee Anthony autopsy…
Back in December, when the original autopsy was done on the remains of the child found near George and Cindy Anthony’s home in Orlando, Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia, after identifying the badly decomposed remains through DNA analysis, concluded that the exact cause of death could not be determined. But Garavaglia added that more tests were being conducted.
In the final M.E.’s report, toxicology and anthropology tests have been added, tests that were not part of the initial report.
Some wondered if this might be the real cause of the Anthonys “great anguish.”
Judge Strickland decided against the Anthonys.
Caylee Anthony’s autopsy report revealed that there had been no evidence of trauma to the skeleton, but that there were overlapping pieces of duct tape attached to hair fragments and that the duct tape had been placed “prior to decomposition” and was used to keep the child’s mandible in place. The report also revealed there were no signs of drugs evident, which corroborated the similar earlier findings. The remains were determined to have been in the wooded area where they were scattered for as long as six months.
Dr. Jan Garavaglia concluded that the cause of death was homicide.
Caylee Anthony’s autopsy report is just another blow to the Casey Anthony defense. And it is understandable that George and Cindy Anthony would want the autopsy sealed until the trial for two reason. One, the nationwide attention garnered by the Casey Anthony case has been mostly negative and is no doubt stressful to family and friends of Casey Anthony. No matter what the autopsy results would have revealed, media coverage of the report would have been burdensome. Secondly, the fact that the actual autopsy report shows indications of harmful intent or, at best, willful negligence on the part of whoever used duct tape on the 2-year-old does not make Casey Anthony’s case any stronger.
The Anthonys, by seeking to seal the autopsy, were attempting to circumvent public speculation and condemnation. Many will simply believe they were attempting to hide the M.E.’s findings from the public for as long as possible in their neverending misguided mission to protect their daughter.
And the already negative view of the general public toward Casey Anthony will not be thwarted by the report. In fact, with the help of a swarming mainstream media, it will no doubt get a lot worse…