Thursday, February 19, 2009


I don't normally talk openly about cases like this. It's just too difficult and much too heartbreaking. Whenever a child dies it's sad, but when a child is murdered it's especially horrific. No child should ever suffer.

I see these brown eyes and it reminds me of my youngest daughter. Those brown eyes just tug at my heart. I want to reach out and comfort her, but I can't. What's done is done. Nothing can ever bring her back.

We've seen all the sensation surrounding the case. The mother is in jail and the evidence is mounting. I always want to think the best of the mother. I always hope it couldn't possibly be true. That surely she's innocent and the police are simply grabbing at the first person they can to solve the case and give the public closure. I guess I just find it so incredibly horrible that a mother could kill a child. Yet, we've seen it happen plenty of times, haven't we?

In this particular case it's not looking good for mom, is it? She hasn't proven herself to be the loving mother from the start. Between the evidence proving Anthony's car trunk had a decomposing body in there and traces of chloroform, Google searches from the Anthony house computer on murder techniques, Casey borrowing a shovel from a neighbor for no particular reason, items found with Caylee's body that can be linked back to the Anthony house, not reporting the little girl missing for almost a month and now there's some duct tape evidence that seems pretty solid as well. After awhile you start to be swayed, despite how impartial you wanted to be.

I always like to think 'innocent until proven guilty' though. So, I try not to make assumptions. Media can skew the facts, we've seen it happen time and time again. But, each time I turn on the T.V. it seems they've pretty much already judged her and found her guilty. And though I sort of have as well at this point, what does that say about our justice system? Does the general public tend to believe what they see? Do we condemn before the courts even have a chance to do their thing?

In the end, Caylee is what matters. Finding her killer, bringing the person or persons to justice and making them pay for this horrible crime. If that killer is her mother then she'll get what she deserves. My mind keeps coming back to one thing. Why? She was just a baby!

Nevertheless, nothing can bring this sweet little girl back. She loved unconditionally. Trusted without question. Maybe, at the very least, justice can bring closure to the rest of the family...?

In Memory of Caylee Anthony


Regina Carlysle said...

Like you, I've been following this heartbreaking case. From the beginning I wondered about this mother because of her not reporting the child missing for five weeks. FIVE WEEKS! I instantly thought she'd lost control of her emotions and killed the child and was trying to hide it. One of the most disturbing things to me were the pics taken of her out partying a day or two after the child was missing. Looking back...IF she did this, how could she have been so callous about it all? I just don't get that. Now they are saying she has mental problems. Jeez, ya think?

In the end, it's not about this mother but about the poor little girl, just a baby. So terribly sad.

Kelley Nyrae said...

It breaks my heart. I can't imagine, nor do I want to how something, especially a mother could do this. And like you said, why? She's just a baby. If she didn't want be a mom there are options. how could she care so little about a life, her baby's life that she could do this and then just go on, business as usual?

Anne Rainey said...

Regina--That's my question too. How could she be so cavalier? I just don't get it.

Kelley--I doubt we'll ever know why. It's all so tragic.

Mary Ricksen said...

To me killing your child is just unimaginable. I would have given both legs to have a beautiful little girl like that. I can't watch the news about it. It's too heartbreaking for me to see or even think about. How could a mother kill her beloved baby. She has to be nuts, literally, there is no other explanation if she did it.
I grieve for that little girl with my whole heart.

Anne Rainey said...

Mary--Oh, I agree. I have to believe that Caylee is safe and happy now. I just have to keep telling myself that.

Emma Lai said...

It's heart wrenching to see cases like this. In Texas, we had Baby Grace, whose mother was recently sentenced to life in prison without parole and whose stepfather is awaiting trial. It boggles the mind how any mother could stand by and watch her child killed much less actually participate in the murder.

Children are pure souls and without doubt hold a special place.

Anne Rainey said...

Emma--I agree. It's hard to imagine what type of person could commit such a crime. And I like to think those types of crimials have a special spot down below.