Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Caylee Anthony

Jailhouse Phone Call

A little past 11:00 p.m. on the day she was arrested, Casey called her parents' house from jail. The call was recorded. She was angry that her mother had been talking to reportersCasey had seen the news broadcasts on television while sitting in jail. Casey's mom, Cindy Anthony, told Casey that she wouldn't be in jail if she hadn't lied to the detectives, and she begged her daughter to tell them where Caylee was.

Caylee Anthony
Caylee Anthony
"I have no clue where Caylee is," Casey said. "If I knew where Caylee was, do you think any of this would be happening? No."

Casey asked everyone who got on the phone with her during that call to give her the telephone number of Tony Lazzaro, her new boyfriend. She seemed much more interested in getting in touch with Tony than in finding out how the search for her missing daughter was going. Lazzaro later confirmed for detectives that Casey had been staying with him since June 10, but he said she never mentioned that her daughter was missing.

When Casey's friend, Kristina Chester, got on the line, Casey was quick to criticize the investigators. "They only way they're going to find Caylee is if they actually listen to what I'm saying. I'm trying to help them, and they're not letting me help them."

Even in the face of insurmountable evidence that her story about Caylee's disappearance was one colossal lie, Casey refused to give in, maintaining that her mysterious nanny had kidnapped her daughter on June 9. "She was the last person to have her," Casey told her friend during the phone call from jail. "That was the last time I saw Caylee."

But Casey had the date wrong. Someone had seen Caylee almost a week after she "disappeared" on June 9.

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