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Skeleton of Caylee Anthony Had Tape Over Mouth

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CNN: There was no trauma visible on the "completely skeletonized" remains of slain toddler Caylee Anthony, but there were overlapping pieces of duct tape over her mouth, according to the autopsy report released Friday.

The tape was still attached to head hair, and the skull was separate from the other body parts, said Dr. Jan Garavaglia, chief medical examiner for Orange County.

"This duct tape was clearly placed prior to decomposition, keeping the mandible in place," she says in the report. Garavaglia said animals had scattered the bones after decomposition began.

The cause of the child's death is listed as "homicide by undetermined means."

Caylee Anthony's remains were found in December in woods less than a mile from her grandparents' home. Her mother, Casey Anthony, is charged with murder. She could be sentenced to death if convicted. The mother was arrested July 16, 2008, while Caylee was still missing.

Earlier Friday, a judge denied a request from the child's grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, to keep the autopsy report from the public.

Last week, their attorney filed a motion saying the report should be sealed because its release would cause the family great anguish.

Holding back tears, George Anthony on Friday asked the judge not to release the report until Casey Anthony's trial.

"Our family's memory of precious Caylee Marie is all we have left of her," he said as his wife appeared visibly shaken.

Judge Stan Strickland said George Anthony's testimony was not lost on him, but according to the law he had no choice.

"Their pain means a great deal to me. I don't like the ruling I'm making, but it's one that I legally have to make," he said.

George Anthony, angry after the ruling, left the courtroom before the hearing ended.

The autopsy report contains no X-rays or photos of the remains.

According to Garavaglia, intermixed with Caylee Anthony's skeletal remains were two plastic garbage bags, a canvas laundry bag and a baby blanket with a Winnie the Pooh print. A pair of partially decomposed, multi-colored shorts were among the clothes, the doctor said.

Two sets of cloth letters were found intermingled with plant material and debris. Garavaglia said the first set spelled "big" and the second group appeared to spell "trouble."

"The roots growing into the vertebrae and bags indicate the body was placed there months prior to being found," Garavaglia said. "There is nothing inconsistent with the body being placed there soon after the date of [Caylee] being last seen alive."

George Anthony said he saw his granddaughter leave his house with her mother for the last time on June 15, 2008. Officials allege Caylee was killed by her mother a short time later.

Since her arrest in July, Casey Anthony, 23, has remained behind bars in Orlando.

The search for Caylee ended December 11, when a meter reader brought out a bag containing a skull from the woods. He said he had contacted police three times in August to report a suspicious bag in the area. A deputy was ultimately fired for not properly searching the area.

The remains were confirmed through DNA testing to be those of Caylee Anthony.

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Anonymous June 20, 2009, 9:37 PM

I can’t get over the horror of this case, or her picture. It seems like that little girl’s spirit comes through in the picture, so exasperated with the sad condition of this life and those around her. Her spirit lives forever. Her journey in this life was such a disappointment. Her journey in her eternal life will hopefully be a billion times more fulfilling. I’m so sorry Casey that you weren’t honored but I hope you are at peace.

pollywood June 24, 2009, 8:26 AM

The defense is arguing that there is no proof this was a homicide. Are they asking us to believe that this very young child rapped several layers of duct tape over her own mouth or that someone did this by accident? Also, since they claim that the nanny kidnapped this child (Casey has never changed her story), then what is the difference if it was accidental or murder, if your client didn’t do it? What a pathetic farce this is.

Sally June 24, 2009, 5:39 PM

Roy Kronk saved the state’s case and resolved the mystery when he found Caylee’s skull because without it, we never would have known that the murder weapon was duct tape. When FBI tests showed Casey’s car trunk was saturated with chloroform, there was speculation that Casey chloroformed Caylee, threw her in the car trunk and left her there over night while she partied and had sex and then found Caylee dead the next morning. However, the autopsy points to pre-meditated murder. It says that the duct tape was wrapped around Caylee’s nose and mouth several times before decomposition set in and that Caylee’s body was placed in the garbage bag shortly after she died. Decomposition starts in four minutes so she had to have the blanket, hamper bag and garbage bag ready while Caylee was suffocating to death. The autopsy report also says the garbage bag was dumped in the woods shortly after Caylee was last seen June 16. That shoots any defense of an accident, a panic afterward and someone putting the body there after November when the Anthonys PI was trying to destroy the evidence to save Casey Anthony’s behind.

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