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Casey Anthony Defense claims Someone Else Left Toddler's Remains in Woods

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Orlando Sentinel: Casey Anthony's legal team alluded to what may develop as her defense during a hearing at the Orange County Courthouse this morning.

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Attorney Todd Macaluso told Orange Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland the defense team has found evidence that will prove Casey Anthony's innocence and that someone else left her daughter's body in the woods.

Casey Anthony, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie. The 2-year-old's remains were found in woods less than a mile from her family home in east Orange County. The remains were found on Dec. 11 -- five months after the toddler had been reported missing.

"The body or remains of Caylee Anthony were placed there after Casey Anthony was locked up in the Orange County facility," Macaluso said during the two-hour hearing.

None of the members in her defense team disclosed what evidence they have to prove her innocence.

Macaluso's argument was part of the defense's request to obtain records from the volunteer search group, Texas EquuSearch. Volunteers for that group had searched for Caylee in August and November last year.

Strickland did not rule on the request.

Casey Anthony has maintained since her arrest in July 2008 that her babysitter, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, a woman detectives said never existed, took Caylee.

During the hearing, Casey Anthony's father, George Anthony, took the stand to testify about California bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who had helped bail Anthony out of jail.

He also looked unsuccessfully for Caylee last year.

Strickland said he will rule later on the defense's request that the work Padilla and his team did was considered an extension of legal services provided by Baez. If so, the information they had would be considered privileged and not permitted at trial, her defense team argues.

Casey Anthony had not seen her father or mother for months. She began crying when he took the stand to testify.

He mouthed "I love you" to his daughter as he walked away from the stand. George Anthony returned to his seat and sat next to his wife, Cindy Anthony.

After the hearing, Cindy Anthony said she grew emotional when she saw Casey Anthony's reaction to her father on the stand.

"She hasn't seen her dad for a very long time...It was very emotional and very touching," Cindy Anthony said. "It was awesome to see my daughter today...It gives me a lot of peace to see that she actually looks ok."

The defense also focused on obtaining the phone records of Casey Anthony's former boyfriend Tony Lazzaro. Strickland granted the request for phone calls and "pings," which are signals that show where a cell phone is located at a given time.

The phone records will span from June 1 to Dec. 18, 2008.

The other issue discussed today involved the check fraud case against Casey Anthony. She is accused of taking checks from a friend without her permission last summer.

The state wants to proceed, but her defense team wants to wait until the murder trial is over.

Strickland did not decide today on the date of the fraud trial.

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