ORLANDO — Evidence discovered in the woods where Florida toddler Caylee Anthony’s remains were found last December match items found in the house where she lived, according to court documents released Wednesday.
The documents released by the State Attorney’s Office reveal several new details about the case of the Orlando girl who was missing for a month before authorities were notified.
Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged with her daughter’s murder. She claims that Caylee was kidnapped by a baby sitter and has pleaded not guilty.
The same types of laundry bag, duct tape and plastic bag discovered at the crime scene also were found by investigators in the house where Caylee lived with her mother and grandparents, according to detectives’ reports on the evidence.
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Along with a skull and bones, investigators found a stained Winnie the Pooh blanket, pink-and-white-striped shorts and a shirt that said “BIG TROUBLE Comes Small” in the woods at the crime scene. The skull had duct tape over the mouth similar to duct tape found at the Anthony house and the remains were found in a laundry bag and plastic bag that also were similar to ones found at the home, according to the documents.
Marti Mackenzie, a spokeswoman for Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, said in an e-mail that the detectives’ reports were “biased and speculative.”
In a statement, Baez and defense co-counsel Linda Kenney Baden said that the brand of duct tape was the most widely sold in the United States and that it was significant that no fingerprints were found on the duct tape.
Also seized from the home were heart-shaped stickers. A heart-shaped sticker was found on the duct tape that covered the mouth of the skull found with Caylee’s remains, according to detectives.
The report didn’t say whether the sticker found at the crime scene was identical to the stickers found at the home, and Baez in a statement disputed that a sticker was on the duct tape found on the skull.
Other documents released Wednesday show Casey Anthony hyperventilated and asked for medication when she was notified that her daughter’s body had been found. The documents also feature interviews that reveal the tense relationship between Casey and her parents.
Casey Anthony once told her friend, Annie Downing, that her mother was a “horrible person” who tried to control her life. Downing also told investigators that she believed Casey Anthony was jealous of her mother’s relationship with Caylee and that Cindy Anthony was trying to assume the role of Caylee’s mother.
Downing also told investigators that Casey Anthony lied to everyone she knew and that she stole from friends and family members. In 2006 or 2007, Casey Anthony told Downing and another friend, Michelle Murphy, that she was having a breakdown and wanted to be committed to an institution. Casey Anthony never mentioned having a breakdown again, Downing said.