Casey Anthony was indicted today for first degree murder in the death of her daughter Caylee Anthony. The Grand Jury also indicted Casey on 6 other counts. Here are more details regarding each count.
The first count is for first-degree murder, a capital offense that is punishable by the death penalty. (State Attorney Lawson Lamar, however, did not say specifically he would seek execution, if Casey Anthony is convicted. He took no questions.)
This charge alleges that Casey Anthony caused the death of Caylee â€œfrom a premeditated designâ€ between June 15 and July 16. Those dates correspond to the last time Caylee was seen and when she was reported missing. The indictment offers no other information on how, why or when.
/ Count two is aggravated child abuse. This alleges that between the same dates Casey Anthony â€œdid knowingly or willfullyâ€¦causes great bodily harm, permanent disfigurement or permanent disability to Caylee Marie Anthonyâ€¦by intentionally inflicting physical injuryâ€¦or by intentionally committing an act or actively encouraging another person to commit an act which could reasonably expected to result in physical injury.â€
Count three is aggravated manslaughter of a child. This count alleges that Casey Anthony caused Cayleeâ€™s death by failing to provide â€œthe care, supervision and services necessary to maintain Caylee Marie Anthonyâ€™s physical and mental healthâ€ or that she did not make â€œa reasonable effortâ€ to protect Caylee from someone else abuses, neglecting or exploiting her.
Counts four through seven are all â€œproviding false information to a law enforcement officer.â€ Each count lists a time when Casey Anthony is alleged to have lied to investigators about Caylee. Count four says she lied to Orange County Sheriffâ€™s Office Detective Yuri Melich when she said she worked at Universal Studios in 2008. Count five alleges she lied to Melich when she said she left Caylee with a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez. Count six alleges she lied to Melich when she said she told two former Universal Studios employees that Caylee was missing. And count seven alleges Anthony lied to Melich when she said she received phone call from Caylee on July 15