Published August 21, 2008
The mother of missing Orlando toddler Caylee Anthony walked out of jail with her lawyer Thursday, swarmed by reporters, after her $500,000 bond was posted the previous night.
Casey Anthony, 22, will have to wear an ankle monitor now that she is released — which happened Thursday morning at about 10:30 a.m. She was huddled under an umbrella in the rain and taken to the home of her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, where she was ordered to stay under close watch.
Celebrity bail bondsman Tony Padilla said his company posted the hefty bond Wednesday for Anthony, who remains a "person of interest" in the disappearance of her daughter. Caylee has been missing more than two months.
Anthony's release went according to schedule, a spokesman for the Orange County corrections department told FOX News. After getting her belongings and clothing back, she left the Orange County jail mid-morning Thursday amid a crush of reporters and was ushered into a waiting car by her attorney, Jose Baez.
"Back off, you guys! Let her through!" shouted Baez to the press. "You'll get your chance! Let her through!"
Anthony said nothing to the media. Baez said she whispered into his ear on her way out, "I'm innocent. I'm going to walk out of this place with my head held high."
The young mom described by friends and family as a habitual liar didn't report 3-year-old 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.
Anthony is charged with child neglect, making false statements and obstructing an investigation in her daughter's disappearance on or around June 16.
Baez and bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, uncle of Tony Padilla, were at the Orange County jail during Wednesday night's bond posting proceedings. A member of Leonard Padilla Bounty Hunters' staff is reportedly moving into the Anthony home.
Anthony, who has been jailed since mid-July, was instructed to go to her parents' home and plug her electronic monitoring device into her phone, Orange County Corrections spokesman Allen Moore said.
"Right now the family is in there hugging and enjoying time as a family together," Baez said outside the home. "There's a lot of tears, a lot of emotion."
Anthony was also arraigned Thursday, but did not attend the hearing. A written plea of not guilty was entered, according to court documents.
"The most important thing is that Casey is home and her parents are very grateful," family spokesman Larry Garrison said by phone Thursday. "Now we are asking the public to please help us find Caylee. Now more than ever, we are convinced that she was kidnapped."
The Padillas flew to Florida on Sunday to help Clearwater-based bondsman Albert Estes post the bond. They said they believe Anthony might be more likely to talk about her daughter's disappearance if released from jail.
Police are investigating numerous theories about what happened to Caylee, including the possibility that she died accidentally, was killed or was kidnapped by a baby sitter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.