Death of Caylee Anthony
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|Born||Caylee Marie Anthony
August 9, 2005
|Died||c. June 16, 2008(2008-06-16) (aged 2)|
Caylee Marie Anthony (August 9, 2005 – c. June 16, 2008) was a child from Orlando, Florida. Caylee's skeletal remains were discovered on December 11, 2008, almost five months after she was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony. Her mother, Casey Anthony, failed to report her daughter missing. She was indicted on charges of first degree murder and faced the death penalty. Casey entered a plea of not guilty, and did not testify throughout the trial. On July 5, 2011, the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder and other felony charges. The jury found Anthony guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
On July 7, 2011, Anthony was sentenced on the misdemeanor charges to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count. With credit for time served and good behavior, her release date was set for July 17, 2011 and she was released at 12:10am on that day.
The case received national media attention in the United States, being called "one of the biggest ratings draws in recent memory" and "the social media trial of the century". Defense counsel charged that Anthony was being tried in the media to her great detriment while she was facing the death penalty. The case has been cited as an example of the unfairness of prejudicial pretrial publicity with the potential for impacting the rights of defendants in the United States.