Published January 13, 2015
The jailed mother of a missing Orlando toddler reportedly told her father during a jailhouse visit that the girl will be home by her third birthday next week.
"Dad, she's close," Casey Anthony, 22, told her father, George Anthony, during a jailhouse visit on Sunday, according to MyFOXOrlando.com. "Dad, she's close."
Anthony said he's convinced Caylee Marie Anthony is still alive and indicated that his daughter sobbing during their visit, saying that she wants to be there for the girl's birthday on Aug. 9, MyFOXOrlando.com reported.
On Wednesday, a judge denied a petition to lower Anthony's $500,000 bond. Her attorney, Jose Baez, will file another appeal to the state Supreme Court, according to MyFOXOrlando.com.
Anthony is a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance but has been charged only with child neglect, false statements to police and obstructing an investigation.
When Anthony and her family first reported Caylee missing on July 15, she told police the girl already had been gone for a month. She also claimed that Caylee had been taken by a baby sitter, who also vanished.
Since that time, police have expressed doubt in many of the details of Anthony’s story. They also have testified that they found hair samples and detected an odor of human decomposition in the trunk of a car Anthony had been driving.
The case has grabbed national headlines, making the cover of the latest issue of People magazine, which hit newsstands on Thursday.