Casey Anthony told two fellow inmates that she used to "knock out" her daughter, Caylee Anthony, so that she could go out at night without hiring a babysitter, according to documents released today by prosecutors.
Inmate Robyn Adams, with whom Anthony exchanged 50 letters while incarcerated, told investigators that Casey Anthony told her that she sometimes used "stuff" to put her daughter to sleep. Another inmate, Maya Derkovic, said Anthony told her a similar story, but never said how she "knocked out" the toddler, according to the documents released today.
Investigators suspect chloroform, a powerful sedative, could have played a role in the death of Florida 2-year-old Caylee Anthony after police say traces of the drug were found in the trunk of a car driven by Casey Anthony and in a syringe that was found near the toddler's remains.
Casey Anthony is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of Caylee and has been in an Orange County Fla. jail since the summer of 2008. She has pleaded not guilty.
More than 250 pages of letters written between Anthony and Adams in the early months of Anthony's incarceration were released by prosecutors today, along with other documents.
The defense team for Anthony emphasized in a statement that the letters written by their client "do not contain a single reference to chloroform or any admissions of guilt.
"The letters released today reflect the natural desire for companionship when isolated for 23 hours a day, and clearly demonstrate Casey's unconditional love for her daughter Caylee," the statement said. "Casey Anthony maintains her innocence and looks forward to her day in court."
In the letters, Anthony says she thinks about her deceased daughter daily.
"I miss my Caylee so much," she wrote in one of the letters.
"Not a day goes by that I don't think about Caylee and wish that I could have protected her better," another reads.
Adams told investigators Anthony told her that there was no Zenaida Gonzalez, the babysitter Anthony originally claimed had abducted Caylee. Adams said Anthony told her that Zenaida was the first name of a childhood friend, according to the court documents.
Caylee Anthony disappeared in June of 2008 but was not reported missing until the following month. That October, Casey Anthony was charged with the girl's murder. In December, Caylee's body was found less than a mile from the Anthony home.
Adams told police that once when searchers thought they had found Caylee's remains but were mistaken, Anthony giggled "not like in an evil way...like... it's not my daughter." But once another set of remains were found near her home, Anthony became terrified, Adams said. Those remains were later identified as Caylee's.
Anthony's defense team said Adams' sole purpose in corresponding with Anthony was "to create leverage to get out of prison early."
In another revelation, in the letters released today Casey Anthony writes she was sexually abused by her brother when she was younger.
"The worst part is, when I tried to confide in someone before... they turned on me. I was to blame for my own brother walking into my room at night and feeling my breasts while I slept," she wrote.
The Anthony family categorically denied such allegations.