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Caylee Anthony

Father's Day

In both her handwritten statement and throughout hours of recorded interviews with sheriff's detectives, Casey Anthony had adamantly maintained that she had last seen her daughter Caylee on June 9 when she had dropped her off at her nanny's apartment. She even claimed she had received a telephone call from the nanny three days later, on June 12, but the nanny would not tell her where her daughter was.

What the detectives discovered, though, was that Caylee had not disappeared on June 9. In fact, she had been safe and happy on Father's Day, June 15, when her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, took her to Mount Dora, an Orlando nursing home, to visit her great-grandfather Alex Plesea, Cindy's father.

Caylee Anthony, video still June 15
Caylee Anthony, video still June 15
During the visit, someone shot a video of Caylee sitting at a table, trying to read out loud from a children's book. The video shows a cute, playful little girl in a blue dress, with her brown hair pulled into a ponytail. Next to the book sits a pink sippy cup. The images may well be the last ever taken of Caylee Anthony.

After leaving the nursing home, Cindy and Caylee also went to visit Cindy's mother, Shirley Plesea. They had dinner with her at her house. Later that night, Cindy and Caylee returned to the Anthony home on Hopespring Drive. According to Casey's parents, Casey and Caylee spent the night there.

The next afternoon, at 12:50 p.m., Casey's father, George, saw Casey and Caylee leave for the day. He recalled Caylee wearing a denim skirt and a pink top, with white tennis shoes. She was carrying a little backpack with images of monkeys on it. She had on a pair of white-rimmed sunglasses and her hair was pulled into a ponytail. George told detectives he was sure of the time because he was watching one of his favorite programs on the Food Network.

"That was the last time I saw my granddaughter," Mr. Anthony said.

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