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Friday, August 15, 2008

Casey Anthony: Jail house calls, video visits being withheld

Above: Don't forget who is missing: Caylee Marie Anthony, 3.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- The public will not be allowed to know the details of the conversation that took place between Casey Anthony and her parents George and Cindy during their jailhouse visit Thursday.

A detective with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says all video of the Anthony visits are being withheld “due to a criminal investigative exemption.” This detective is the only one that can lift the exemption. The exemption includes past video conferences, and any future conferences.

George Anthony’s visit with his daughter August 3 was also withheld under this Florida statute.

For the first time since Casey Anthony has been jailed following the disappearance of her daughter, 3-year-old Caylee, we are getting an inside look of what exactly she is being given to eat.

A “jail menu” was released by the jail Thursday afternoon, outlying what each inmate is being fed for every meal. The menu is approved by a dietician and must also be signed off by the food service manager and client.

Casey’s breakfasts include a combination of cereal or grits, with sides of cheese, egg and bread. Bologna, turkey, salami or chili compromise the bulk of her lunch with sides of coleslaw or a different kind of vegetable. For dinner, Casey eats meatloaf, a pepper steak or chicken patty. Her dinner includes a vegetable, starch and dessert that is in the form of a cake or cookie.

Casey was arrested July 16 on charges of child neglect, lying to authorities and obstructing and investigation after she failed to report her daughter missing for more than one month. She remains behind bars on a $500,200 bond which her attorney, Jose Baez, made several appeals to have lowered, but was unsuccessful in doing so.

Thursday morning, Casey met with her parents via a video conference for 45 minutes at a visitation center across from the Orange County Jail.

After their visitation, George and Cindy Anthony remained stoic and silent as they exited the complex and got into their car.Thursday marked the first time since August 3 that Casey had allowed any family to visit.When George and Cindy first approached the jail Thursday, a reporter asked George how he felt about police saying Caylee could have died accidentally.

George became visibly upset and told the reporter to "shut up, shut up, shut up."
On Thursday, Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, filed a subpoena requesting detailed information about the canines used in the case of missing 3-year-old Caylee.

Baez filed the paperwork with the Orange County Court this week. He is looking for information on any of the searches or examinations performed by the canines during the search for Caylee. Baez said he is asking for any videotape or audio from searches done at the grandparent's house, lakes, ponds or any bodies of water. He is also looking for the canines training records and certificates along with information on the deputies who handle the dogs.

He specifically wants to know just how accurate the dog’s performance is related to the day the canines smelled a strong scent of human decomposition in Casey Anthony’s trunk.The handler of the cadaver dog that picked up the scent of decomposition confirmed what his dog found in front of an Orange County judge.

It is testimony that has put a major question in the minds of many on whether or not the little girl is still alive. The sheriff’s office said they are still looking at this as a missing person’s case but on Wednesday, they admitted they are looking into all possibilities including accidental death.

Friday, August 15 marks exactly two months that Cindy Anthony says she last saw her granddaughter. The missing toddler was last seen on or around Father's Day, her family says. Casey told police she last saw her child with her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, but police have not determined this babysitter exists. She told police she attempted to find Caylee in her own way after her disappearance.

Casey's next scheduled visitor is her brother Lee, who is expected to visit her at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Cindy and George plan to visit again on Monday.

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