Family Holds Prayer Vigil for Missing Caylee, Lawyer Says Mom Is Innocent

Published October 20, 2008

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The family of Caylee Anthony held another prayer vigil for the missing Orlando toddler on Sunday night.

George and Cindy Anthony, Caylee's grandparents, said more than a hundred people showed up to pray for their missing granddaughter. The Anthonys did not want to reveal the location of the vigil, but told MyFOXOrlando.com that the mood at the vigil was hopeful.

George Anthony said that he was moving his information headquarters from a Publix grocery store to a local Wal-Mart because the Publix corporate office pushed him out, the station said.

He said he is also working to get a new tip line set up because he does not believe the sheriff's department claim that their hotline has not received any new tips since Aug. 15, MyFOXOrlando.com said.

Federal investigators are doing DNA tests on a dress found in the woods by a Tampa-based rescue group, the station reported. Some say the dress could not belong to Caylee because it is too new and the wrong size.

Casey Anthony defense lawyer Jose Baez said in an interview on Sunday on FOX News' "Geraldo at Large" that his team is excited to present their side of the story because he believes his client will be proven innocent.

"Once we are able to show her version of the facts, I think the entire world is going to be able to sit back and say, 'Now I understand,"" Baez said.

He did not say if Casey Anthony would testify at her trial.

Baez said at a press conference last Thursday that he doesn't believe the child is dead.

"We believe Caylee is alive," he told the news conference. "I said that from Day 1; I continue to say that. For reports to be out there to suggest otherwise are completely false."

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony is jailed on first-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges, capping an exhaustive four-month-long investigation into the little girl's whereabouts.

The child, who vanished in mid-June, two months before her third birthday, has still not been found.

If convicted, Anthony could face life in prison or the death penalty.

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In addition to murder, she was charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators. She was arrested shortly thereafter and is being held without bond.

Police recently identified the young, unemployed mother as a suspect in the case, though she had been called a person of interest since early in the investigation, which began in mid-July.

Caylee's family didn't report her missing for a month after she vanished. Police have said they think the child is dead based on evidence of a decomposing body found in the trunk of a Pontiac Sunfire her mother was driving.

The child's grandmother Cindy Anthony first called authorities in July to say that she hadn't seen Caylee for a month and her daughter's car "smelled like a dead body."

Casey Anthony told authorities she had left her daughter with a baby sitter in June and the two were gone when she returned from work. She says she spent the next month trying to find her daughter and didn't call authorities because she was scared.

Investigators immediately started poking holes in her story. The apartment where Casey Anthony said she had left her daughter had been vacant for months, they said. They said she also lied when she told them she had been working at an area theme park as a photographer.

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FOX News' Jennifer Lawinski, Catherine Donaldson-Evans and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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