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Agency: Casey Anthony failed to protect Caylee

ORLANDO | A report by Florida’s child welfare agency says Casey Anthony failed to protect her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, which ultimately resulted in the child’s death. But Miss Anthony will not face additional charges as a result of Thursday’s report.

The Department of Children and Families closed out its investigations of Caylee’s death, noting Miss Anthony failed to protect Caylee by not reporting her disappearance in 2008 for more than a month and that her failure interfered with the law enforcement investigation and efforts to find the child.

The agency also concluded that Caylee died as a result of abuse or neglect, but the report said the agency was unable to substantiate that the toddler had died from asphyxiation.

“The inactions by the mother were clearly failure to protect. As the child was found dead, obviously the failure to protect led to the death,” DCF spokesman Joe Follick said.

A jury last month acquitted Miss Anthony in Caylee’s death. She was released from jail and has dropped from public sight. A judge last week ordered her to return to Florida to serve probation on unrelated check fraud charges, but her lawyers appealed and another judge is expected to rule this week whether Miss Anthony must follow that order.

The child welfare agency’s investigation was independent of the criminal investigation and the agency made no determination of who killed Caylee.

MASSACHUSETTS

Bulger girlfriend indicted for helping him

BOSTON | The longtime girlfriend of reputed Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been indicted for allegedly helping him hide during his 16 years on the run.

Catherine Greig has been held since she and Mr. Bulger were captured in June in Santa Monica, Calif.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors formally charged Miss Greig with conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive.

Mr. Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders while he was leader of the Winter Hill gang and also an FBI informant. He has pleaded not guilty.

Miss Greig’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, argued last month that she didn’t know the extent of Mr. Bulger’s crimes when she left with him. He says she should be released on bail with electronic monitoring. Miss Greig has agreed to be held while Mr. Reddington gathers information to support the bail request.

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