ORLANDO, Fla. – Casey Anthony told her visiting parents in July 2008 she ached to come home from jail and see her missing child, according to a video shown to jurors on the ninth day of her murder trial for the child's death.
In the jailhouse recording shown Friday morning, Anthony told her parents her "heart is aching" because she wanted to be home with them, and with Caylee.
Anthony, 25, is charged with killing Caylee in the summer of 2008. She has pleaded not guilty and her defense says Caylee died in an accidental drowning in the family's swimming pool on June 16, 2008. Prosecutors say the child suffocated after duct tape was placed over her mouth. Caylee's skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near her grandparents' home in December 2008.
On Thursday, jurors saw recordings of other jailhouse visits by Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and her brother, Lee Anthony.
Friday morning, jurors watched a tape made July 30, 2008. The Anthonys arrived at the jail wearing special t-shirts featuring Caylee's picture. When her mother asked how she liked the shirts, Casey Anthony asked her father to stand up and model.
During the visit, Casey Anthony complimented the family on their efforts to find Caylee, telling them to "keep the faith." Anthony claimed the child had been missing for 31 days before police were called in mid-July 2008.
"You are doing a great job, mom," Casey Anthony said during the visit. "I know it's hard. I know better than anyone right now. You are doing so great."
She talked with her parents about believing that Caylee would come home. Once the child returns home, Casey Anthony told her mother, "I'm going to be the crazy, overprotective mom. I won't let her out of my sight."
As they talked about Caylee, Casey Anthony told her mother: "She's not just my little girl. I mean she's my baby, but she will always be your baby and dad's baby and Lee's baby.
Prosecutors say they expect to reach the halfway point of its case on Saturday, when a half-day of court is scheduled.