Casey Anthony was probably the most widely reviled mother in America in 2011, but was ultimately acquitted of charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
But in the text of a court affidavit as posted by a Florida TV station, a private investigator says one of Anthony’s attorneys stated the mother had committed the crime.
Private investigator Dominic Casey submitted the affidavit as part of Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy case. In it, he stated attorney Jose Baez “had told me that Casey had murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere.”
The affidavit says Baez’s statement was made on July 26, 2008, 11 days after Casey Anthony’s mother reported her granddaughter missing. Skeletal remains of the child were found in December, about half a mile from Anthony’s home.
Baez called the statements “ridiculous.” He said Dominic Casey volunteered his services as a private investigator. After meeting with Casey twice, Baez said, he decided not to work with him.
“It’s absolutely, 100 percent false,” Baez said. “He’s the last person in the world that I would share an attorney-client relationship with.”
Baez referenced past statements by Dominic Casey — including that the missing 2-year-old was kidnapped by drug traffickers and sold into slavery in South America — as evidence the private investigator made bombastic claims.
In his affidavit, the investigator said Casey Anthony wanted to implicate the man who eventually discovered Caylee’s body by having her attorneys say the man kidnapped Caylee. The man was a utility worker named Roy Kronk who happened upon the remains.
“Casey Anthony told me when Caylee came up missing, the back gate was left ajar,” Dominic Casey said in his statement. “Since Roy Kronk was a meter reader for the house, maybe ‘we could say Roy Kronk kidnapped Caylee.’”
The PI’s statement also stated that since Casey Anthony could not afford to pay for Baez as her attorney, she signed over her and Caylee’s life rights.
“This second agreement also required Casey to provide Baez with an extensive library of photographs, videos and other items that he could sell,” Dominic Casey said.
The autopsy for the child did not reveal a cause of death, but investigators did find that duct tape had been wrapped around her head from her chin to her nose.