Guest Commentary by ritanita!
I had promised myself I wouldn’t write any more about this case until something big happened. I’ve gone about my life, followed up on news releases, chatted with my buddies, and tried my best to put the missing little girl, Caylee Anthony out of my mind.
It hasn’t worked. This little girl haunts my dreams and follows me wherever I go. Sweet, innocent little Caylee never realized she wasn’t totally loved and cherished by her mother. She didn’t realize she was a pawn between her mother and her grandmother. She didn’t realize she was in the way of her mother’s "alternate lifestlye."
Now, it’s been 119 days since she visited her great-grandfather at his assisted living home on Father’s day. It’s been 119 days since she sat his lap, gave him a kiss and rested against his chest It has probably been 119 days since that last loving, peaceful moment Caylee had in her all too short life.
If you listen to Leonard Padilla, June 15 was the day that, after the visit to the nursing home, Cindy Anthony confronted her daughter about her thieving ways. He essentially tossed blame to Cindy for Casey’s departure:
PADILLA: They have to get away from the truth. They can`t live with the truth. Cindy should go back to the realization that she is the one that caused Casey to leave the house that night. If she would realize that .
GRACE: I disagree with you, Leonard. You don`t make somebody else do something. Casey - Mom Casey Anthony was already leaving the house and shacking up with one guy after the next. Where she was keeping the child, I don`t know. But her mother did not make her do these things. They may have had an argument, but she was acting on her own volition.
PADILLA: Cindy put her hands around Casey`s throat and practically choked her out that night. It scared the hell out of Casey. It had never happened before.
It’s a real shame that the Anthony’s hadn’t followed through with their plans to gain custody of Caylee before this day. If they had followed through, Casey would have had to leave the house on her own that night.
Where Casey spent that night, and the people she spoke to then, we don’t know. What we do know is that it was the last time Caylee was seen alive.
Now, her mother’s situation has been changed from Person of Interest to Suspect. This tells us now that there has been a crime more serious than felony child neglect. It tells us that the investigation is circling in around Casey, only Casey.
We have to be patient now, very patient. We have to trust the OCSD and the FBI to continue in the investigation and pin down every moment, every witness, every piece of forensic evidence. It will be a difficult case to prove without a body and it will take time. In this case, I have faith in the system. They will put together their case and present in a court of law.
For the peace of those who truly loved her, I pray that Caylee is found and justice satisfied for this precious little girl.
CNN.com Nancy Grace Transcripts
CNN Find Caylee Blog