Mothers Accused of Murder

A look at mothers accused of committing the unthinkable act of taking their children's lives.

Casey Anthony

On Friday Dec 19, investigators identified the skeletal remains of a child that were found in Orlando, Fla., to be those of 3-year-old toddler Caylee Anthony. Following a six-month-long search and days of DNA tests to confirm the identity of the body, Anthony's death has been ruled a homicide. Caylee's mother Casey was charged with murder in October after the child's disappearance last summer. Caylee lived with her grandparents, Cindy and George, and her 22-year-old single mother, Casey. Caylee's grandmother placed several 911 calls after realizing her granddaughter was missing. At the time Casey Anthony told police she had not seen Caylee for 31 days and had been looking for her. In one 911 call, Cindy says, "I found my daughter's car today and it smelled like there's been a dead body in the damn car." Then, in a bizarre twist, Cindy retracted the statement, and the family insisted that Caylee was alive and had been kidnapped by a babysitter. Upon investigation, police found that the supposed apartment of the babysitter named by Casey had been vacant for more than 140 days, and that the babysitter was not an acquaintance of the Anthonys.

Casey Anthony was arrested and charged with child neglect July 16, though she was later released, on Aug. 21, after bounty hunter Leonard Padilla posted her $500,000 bail. Though Caylee's body had not been found at the time, Casey Anthony was indicted Oct. 14 on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and providing false information to law enforcment. She is being held without bail at the Orange County Jail while awaiting trial.

Darlie Routier

In 1997, a jury found Darlie Routier guilty of murdering her sons Damon, 5, and Devon,7, on June 6, 1996, in Rowlett, Texas, as they slept. Routier blamed an intruder for the deaths in her infamous 911 call in which she frantically screamed: "Somebody broke into our house. ... They just stabbed me and my children!" Routier was arrested 12 days later on capital murder charges after conflicting evidence suggested there'd been no intruder as she'd claimed. Larry Byford testified that Routier never asked about the condition of her children when she was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, and James Cron, an investigator on the scene, told the jury that there'd been no sign of blood or footprints outside the Routier home that would point to the presence of an intruder at the time of the crime. "It was sort of like new-fallen snow," Cron said. It was obvious that nothing had gone through it."

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