Orlando, Florida courtroom observers of the Casey Anthony trial got to hear prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick espouse how it is believed that Caylee Marie Anthony died when the proceedings started today. Burdick said it was suffocation due to having duct tape wrapped around her head three times, covering the two-year-old child’s mouth and nose.
That is a staggering thought, that a small child of such tiny stature would be silenced permanently this way. The more staggering thought is that it could be by a parent, who is supposed to love and nurture them. But the defense attorney for Casey Anthony, who is on trial for her life in the death of her daughter, claims this wasn’t the case at all.
The defense posits that little Caylee died due to drowning in the family pool.
As detectives investigated the Casey Anthony case they were met with a myriad of changing stories about the child’s disappearance, and, according to Reuters, that included the fact that Casey Anthony appeared to live a life of deceit for more than three years prior to the disappearance of her only child.
There was no mention of a drowning during that investigative period at all.
Reuters reports that Anthony would dress as if to go to work at a company she had not been working for at all during that three year period. In addition, she would allege that her missing daughter was with various babysisters, at a cartoon character breakfast on the Universal lot, where Anthony was alleged to work, as well as at the beach.
But criminal profilers are unable to rely totally on the testimony or witness statements gathered in such a case. Facts, instead, for the most part, drive detective investigations as well as those of the profiler. And the facts of the Casey Anthony case boil down to attempts at misdirection by Anthony regarding Caylee Marie Anthony’s whereabouts during the investigation, as well as the forensic evidence gathered and analyzed by law enforcement and other entities since her young skeletized body was discovered.
For the defense to now posit that Caylee died from a drowning shows a need to convince a jury of Casey’s peers that the death was an accident that could not have been avoided rather than a murder that occurred due to other reasons.
The jury in this case will be tasked with a duty detectives and profilers are not in such a situation: convict a defendant only if you feel the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Detectives arrest when they have probable cause.
Profilers recommend directions for law enforcement to take to be able to make that arrest, and to get a confession. So, neither entity is tasked with giving the potential criminal the benefit of the doubt when evidence points otherwise.
The prosecution, like detectives and profilers, must deal with facts — unlike the defense — and is stating right out of the starting gate that the cause of death boils down to duct tape over the mouth and nose of the two-year-old child Caylee Marie Anthony.
A child doesn’t do that to themselves and even if they were able to do so — and had access to the tape — they certainly wouldn’t leave it on their face when they couldn’t breathe or bury their own body after death.
So, despite the appeal to the contrary by the defense, the jury will have to admit that Caylee Anthony was murdered and didn’t accidentally drown, as the defense is suggesting.
The defense likely thinks the jury could be swayed anyway by the drowning scenario, since most jurors are not members of the judicial system and don’t see the ugly side of humanity on a 24/7 basis.
Jurors are repulsed, normally, by crime and the violent end that many meet in life due to it. They want to believe that a mother isn’t capable of duct taping their two-year-old daughter’s mouth and carrying around her dead body in the trunk of her car before burying it. They want to believe the defense.
The defense in the Casey Anthony case is banking on that desire by the jury. They know that they only have to get one juror who desires to believe that scenario in order for their defendant to walk from the trial.
But in cases in which a defendant has posited numerous untruths, such as Anthony did when she bounced from one to another explanation for her child’s disappearance with no discernable logic or support evidentarily — and in which a defense attorney now puts forth a cause of death not alleged before, and without proof — a profiler and a jury should be able to easily reach the same conclusion from the evidence and hyperbole.
That Caylee Marie Anthony was murdered when someone placed duct tape over her mouth and nose and her mother Casey Anthony is unable to account for all the discrepancies in prior statements made at the time, even when she is faced with losing her own freedom if she does not.
Sources: Reuters, Criminal Profile
We recommend this writer’s other Casey Anthony articles:
“How the prosecutor and defense will play out this trial” and
“Casey Anthony case: Jurors request show disregard for Caylee’s justice?” as well as
“Stench of death”