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“I hope that someday, and I know this probably won’t happen, the name Casey Anthony will invoke a `who’s that?’”
The book, for the first time, also discloses the results of two psychological evaluations taken of Anthony.
Two defense psychologists who did the evaluations never testified. But Anthony told the psychologists that she was sexually abused by her father, Ashton wrote.
As part of their defense, Anthony’s attorneys said Caylee drowned in the family swimming pool, and that her father, a former police officer, helped cover it up. Anthony’s partying and shopping during the month before her daughter was reported missing was caused in part by her father’s sexual abuse, according to the defense theory. Her father, George Anthony, repeatedly denied those claims in court and afterward.
One psychologist expressed apprehension about his evaluation being used to support that defense theory, Ashton writes, especially since Anthony had scored in a normal range on a test designed to discover mental disorders. The other psychologist gave Anthony a battery of tests to diagnose stress from trauma such as sexual molestation. The tests didn’t support the theory that she had been molested, Ashton writes.
A few weeks before trial, prosecutors met with George Anthony, and his wife, Cindy, to give them a heads-up about the molestation accusations that the defense planned to use at trial.
“George looked like he had been crying, like someone had just killed Caylee all over again,” Ashton writes. “He was just devastated.”
More than six months after she disappeared, a meter reader found Caylee’s remains in a swampy, wooded area near where she lived with her mother and grandparents. Ashton said in the book that law enforcement and volunteers never examined that area until Roy Kronk reported seeing the remains there in December 2008.
“In the end, Murphy’s Law prevailed: everyone assumed that someone else had searched there, but in fact no one actually had,” Ashton writes. “Everyone, including law enforcement, assumed that the most obvious place had to have been combed and given the all clear _ which just proves the adage about what happens when you assume. Everybody ends up looking like and ass and a nation spent an extra four months searching around the country for a lost little girl who was a quarter mile from home.”
A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the lead agency investigating Caylee’s disappearance and death, said Monday that pinpointing a place to search for the toddler was challenging.
“Mr. Ashton, as part of the prosecution team, was well aware of the difficulties in establishing a starting point,” Capt. Angelo Nieves said. “Casey Anthony told numerous lies to law enforcement throughout the investigation concerning her daughter’s whereabouts.”
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