The woman falsely named as missing tot Caylee Anthony's baby sitter — and kidnapper — said the child's mother has cost her a job, her family's privacy and life as she knew it.
Zenaida Gonzalez told FOX affiliate WOFL-TV in Orlando that her world was turned "upside down" after the little girl's mom, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, gave her name and other details about her life to police.
"I lost a lot. It changed my kids' life. I lost my job. ... I've had to hide out," Gonzalez told WOFL. "Why me? Why drag me into your mess? Why drag my family into your mess? She ruined my family. She ruined my life. Simple as that."
Gonzalez, a Kissimmee resident who has filed a defamation lawsuit against Anthony, said she had never even met the family or heard of them until she got the call from police that she was under investigation in Caylee's disappearance.
The child has been missing since mid-June. Anthony claims she left 2-year-old Caylee (whose third birthday came after her disappearance) with a baby sitter named Zenaida Gonzalez, who snatched her. After investigating those allegations, police say they don't believe the young mother's story.
Gonzalez thinks Anthony gathered information about her by going to the same apartment complex Gonzalez had visited to look at a vacant unit. Police have confirmed that theory.
"I looked at an apartment for 15 minutes and those 15 minutes changed my whole life," she said.
In addition to knowing her name and learning about her visit to the complex, detectives also had information about her two daughters and what kind of car she drives, Gonzalez told the station.
She said she was let go from her job as a direct result of her unwanted involvement in the case because her boss was "scared of the media."
She declined to elaborate on the type of company or its name, describing it only as "a place where people go a lot" and explaining that her employer feared the swarm of reporters was hurting business.
Gonzalez's interview and lawsuit have come after the release of about 600 additional pages of documents in the case, among them the transcripts of text messages, voicemails and depositions with Anthony, her family and her friends.
In one sexually charged instant message exchange, Anthony tells an apparent lover ("nyitaliano3") that she's "so sad," feels like she has "cabin fever" and craves freedom.
When he invites her to dinner, she tells him she'll have to bring her daughter, whom she refers to as "the little snot head."
She also talks about a nanny she refers to as "Zani," though most of her friends and acquaintances have told police they'd never heard her speak of a baby sitter or of Gonzalez.
The Orange Osceola State Attorney's Office has made about 1,000 pages of discovery available to the public and the press in different increments, which is unusual in an ongoing investigation.
On Monday, a judge denied a central Florida homeowners association's request to keep protesters out of their neighborhood, where Caylee was reported missing in July.
Anthony's neighbors had asked the Orange County judge to force protesters and members of the media away from their homes.
In her decision, she wrote that the association again failed to adequately notify the protesters of the pleading and give them time to defend themselves against the allegations.
Investigators say Anthony is a "person of interest" in the case and evidence indicates the girl's decomposing body was in her mother's car.
But Anthony has repeatedly said she doesn't know what happened to the girl after she allegedly left her with Gonzalez.
She has been charged with child neglect, making false statements and obstruction.
Anthony also faces unrelated check fraud charges and is currently at home with her parents on house arrest after several stints in the Orange County Jail.
FOXNews.com's Catherine Donaldson-Evans and The Associated Press contributed to this report.