Published August 19, 2008
The mother of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony is close to being released from jail.
A bail bondsman expected to deliver the $500,000 needed to bail Casey Anthony out by dinnertime Tuesday, but a problem with paperwork has delayed the process, according to MyFOXOrlando.com.
Tony Padilla, who flew in to Orlando from California to free Anthony, said she probably won't see the light of day until Wednesday morning.
Anthony remains a "person of interest" in the disappearance of her toddler daughter, who hasn't been seen for two months.
The 22-year-old mother described by friends and family as a habitual liar didn't report Caylee missing until about 30 days after she said she left her with a baby sitter who snatched her.
Police have said they doubt that story.
Padilla could have secured Anthony's release Tuesday had he filed all the paperwork by 9 a.m., he told FOX News. But he didn't — thanks to various procedural tie-ups.
The delay will probably buy the young brunette mom with wide eyes and a big smile another night in the slammer in Orange County, Fla., he said.
Padilla arrived Sunday with his cowboy-hat-sporting, bounty hunter uncle Leonard Padilla to bail Anthony out of jail — and, rumor has it, shoot a TV show.
"My only interest ... is to get that child back," Leonard Padilla told FOX News on Monday.
His interest might also be a reality program called "Bounty Hunters" that he stars in on the National Geographic Channel. There have been rumblings that the elder Padilla has gotten involved in Anthony's case to have material for the small screen.
Anthony is charged with child neglect and lying to authorities about her daughter's disappearance on or around June 16.
Padilla said her release from the Orange County jail can help give investigators more information on where the tot might be.
"I feel that there is some humanity in that woman that would not allow her to kill that cute little girl," Leonard Padilla said. "I've just got to believe that."
He said he isn’t worried that Anthony will run away.
“We’re not letting her out of our eyesight,” he said.
Leonard Padilla and a team of people will reportedly be guarding Anthony 24/7, and details of how they handle her are being worked out with her attorney, Jose Baez.
The Anthony family has also retained a spokesman named Larry Garrison, known for his work on other high-profile cases.
Garrison has spoken to the media about the disappearance in Aruba of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway and about the arrest of John Mark Karr after he falsely confessed to the murder of Colorado beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.
Police are investigating numerous theories about what happened to Caylee Anthony, including the possibility that she died accidentally, was killed or was kidnapped by a baby sitter, as her mother has claimed.