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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mother of missing toddler, Caylee Anthony, remains jailed

The 22-year-old mother of missing toddler Caylee Marie Anthony remains in the Orange County Jail this afternoon.

An Orange Circuit Court judge set Casey Anthony's bond at more than half a million dollars yesterday afternoon, but her family has not been able to come up with the money to bail her out.

The person who posts her bail must pay 10 percent of the bond amount -- $50,000 in cash -- and have collateral to back the remaining balance.

Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, was not in the office Wednesday morning and unavailable to comment. However, Christina Baez, a college student working in her father's law office, spoke to an Orlando Sentinel reporter on her father's behalf.

Christina Baez said the Anthony family is hoping to bond Casey out of jail as soon as possible, but the bail is "outrageous.""The Anthony's are a very strong family and they believe in their daughter's innocence," she said. "They're pulling together as a family and trying to see what they can do for their daughter."

Baez also spoke about a tip Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, received Tuesday from a woman who said she saw a girl who looks like Caylee at Orlando International Airport: The woman told Anthony she was at OIA en route to Atlanta on July 2 when a girl approached her to play with her dog. The woman said she asked the girl what her name was. She said Caylee Marie Anthony. But she pronounced Anthony as "Antony." Baez said that is how Caylee pronounced her last name.

"They were 99 percent sure that is the Caylee they're seeing on TV," Baez said.On Tuesday, Orange County investigators released information during a bond hearing that pointed toward evidence of a homicide -- however, officials are not saying Caylee is dead. Sheriff's Office officials maintain they are working a missing person case, and not a homicide investigation.

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