On the second day of their investigation into the disappearance of Caylee Anthony, frustrated detectives confronted her mother, Casey Anthony, for telling them nothing but lies and accused her of being a "cold blooded ... monster" because her daughter is probably in a "trash can."
The audio of the grilling of Casey Anthony was entered into evidence today in Anthony's first-degree murder trial in Orange County, Fla.
Detectives had taken Anthony to Universal Studios on July 16, 2008, for her to show them where she worked. After a supervisor revealed neither she nor any of her imaginary friends worked there, and after Anthony led police to a building that she claimed to have worked in, Anthony admitted the ruse.
A trio of frustrated detectives, led by Yuri Melich, can be heard yelling at Anthony, attempting to get her to tell the truth.
"Everything that's coming out of your mouth is a lie ... either you gave Caylee to someone ... or something happened to Caylee and Caylee is buried somewhere or in a trash can and you had something to do with it," a detective said.
"Her rotten body is starting to decompose ... we've locked you into a lie," a detective said.
Anthony responded, "I don't know where she is. That's the God honest truth ... I don't know where she is," a sniffling Anthony replied.
Cops Confront Casey Anthony About Her Lies
In an almost haunting prediction, detectives told Anthony of the future she might face if she continued to lie about what happened to Caylee.
"That's telling me ... [you're a] cold-blooded, callous monster who doesn't care and doesn't want to help. ...[People will say] she's a monster, she deserves to go away, she doesn't deserve to see the light of day. ... This is going to be your only opportunity to tell us," a detective said.
Anthony responded in the 2008 tape: "If I wanted to get rid of her, I would have left her with my parents. I would have left. I would have moved out. I would have given my mother custody."
In the courtroom today, a transfixed and sometimes tearful Anthony listened along with jurors as three detectives from the Orange County Sheriff's Office grilled her. The young mother stuck by her lie that a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez took her daughter.
"I'm scared because I don't know where my daughter is," Anthony said. "Of everything that I said, I do not know where she is. The last person that I saw her with is Zenaida. She's the last person that I've seen my daughter with."
On the tape, Anthony admitted that she purposely misled investigators about working at Universal Studios and providing some false addresses, but said it was a "backwards way" of helping find Caylee. She claimed misleading investigators was a way to pass out fliers at Universal Studios to help in the search for Caylee.
"I'm scared and I know I'm running out of options. It's been a month. ... I'm scared of not seeing my daughter again," Anthony said on the tape.
Anthony stuck by the lie that Caylee called her on the same day Cindy Anthony, Casey's mother, called 911 on July 15, 2008 to report her granddaughter missing.
"She said, 'Hi, mommy.' She started telling me a story, talking about her shoes, books...I tried to ask her where she was and she just kept talking about the book that she was reading...when I asked her to give the phone to another adult...she was fine, she was willing to do it, but the phone hung up," Anthony said.
Casey Anthony's lawyer has conceded that she was lying throughout this tape. They claim Caylee drowned in the family pool on June 16, 2008. The prosecution claims Anthony murdered her daughter.
Caylee was reported missing July 15, 2008, 31 days after she was last seen alive. Caylee's remains were found in December 2008.
Anthony became emotional in court when parts of the tape revealed a complicated relationship with mother, Cindy Anthony.
She told investigators that her mother puts pressure on her.
"She's [Cindy Anthony] been right about everything. She told me that I took advantage of her and she's right..by using her credit cards. When I had my own money, I still used some of her money...for whatever reason, I was extremely selfish," said Casey Anthony on the tape.
When asked if Caylee is in "a better place," by detectives, Anthony said, "No she's not...if she was with her family right now, she'd be in the best place."
The hour long audio tape followed testimony by Jeffrey Hopkins, a middle school classmate who became the basis of a fictional character in Anthony's web of lies. Anthony told investigators that Hopkins was a one time lover who introduced her to the fictional nanny who watched both Caylee and his son, Zachary.
Hopkins never had a son and never knew anyone named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, he testified. He said he saw Anthony only once during the summer of 2008 when they both showed up at the same bar.
Anthony had also claimed that Hopkins had moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and North Carolina. Hopkins testified that he'd only lived in Orlando, Fla.
Leonard Turtora, the assistant manager of loss prevention at Universal Studios, testified that Anthony hadn't worked at the theme park since 2006. He said that he had no record of Juliette Lewis, the fictional co-worker Anthony created.