POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 8:12am
UPDATED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:04pm
Florida Department of Children says Casey Anthony failed to protect her daughter.
A nearly three-year investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families finds that Casey Anthony failed to protect her daughter, resulting in Caylee's death.
This "comprehensive death review" marks the end of DCF's investigation in to Caylee Anthony's death. Based on the information given to them from Casey Anthony while her child was still considered missing, and from law enforcement, they came to this conclusion.
Carrie Hoeppner, DCF Spokeswoman, says "the agency feels the mother neglected this child failed to protect her from potential harm result was the untimely death of this child."
In 2008 interviews Anthony lied to DCF investigators claiming "Zenaida has my child." When DCF inquired as to why casey never reported Caylee missing, she blamed "some bad decisions."
Carrie says "we do feel her lack of actions contributed to the harm of her child."
DCF says neither Anthony nor her defense ever claimed to them, that Caylee drowned. But even in cases of accidental death, the agency looks at whether the parent ever fulfilled their responsibility to seek help even if they don't call right away. Anthony never did.
Carrie says "a lot of times there can be a delay but how unusual was it that there was never a call? Very unusual."
And what if Casey Anthony makes good on her plan to have more children in the future?
Carrie says "should there be any new children in that household, this is now an official record that can be referenced for any future children that enter that household."