Published January 17, 2009
| Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida mother charged in the killing of her toddler daughter described herself as a victim when talking to her parents during a jailhouse visit last August.
Casey Anthony, 22, told her parents she was just as much a victim as anyone else in the case during the recorded visit at the Orange County Jail in Orlando. Tapes of the visit were released this week.
At the time, Casey was in jail on charges related to the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She was charged with first-degree murder in October.
In the video, Casey Anthony cried and got angry when pressed by her parents for information about Caylee's whereabouts. She even threatened to end the conversation.
"This is seriously the first time I've been angry, that I've been frustrated to the point where I can't even think straight at this moment," Casey Anthony said. "The worst part is nobody can see my side and I have to keep my mouth shut."
Caylee's remains were found in December by a meter reader in woods near where Caylee lived with her mother and grandparents. Four months earlier, meter reader Roy Kronk had made three phone calls to the Orange County Sheriff's Office about his suspicions that remains were in a bag he had spotted in those woods.
A sheriff's deputy responded to the woods but didn't see a need to investigate further. That deputy was removed from patrol duty this week pending an investigation into his response.
A former attorney for Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, rewarded Kronk Friday with $5,000 for finding the remains. The attorney, Mark NeJame, said he had received $5,000 for his work on the case and felt it was right to give the money to Kronk.