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.
Casey Anthony Sticks to Lie in Jailhouse Conversations With Parents, Brother
The prosecution played videotapes of Casey Anthony this afternoon after she was arrested July 16, 2008. The hours of tapes show Casey Anthony in recorded conversations with her family members while they're visiting her at jail.
Casey Anthony wept as hours of jailhouse conversations with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and brother, Lee Anthony, were played during the afternoon. The calls reveal a desperate family asking Casey Anthony questions that will help in the search for missing Caylee. Anthony stuck to her lie that a nanny took the 2-year-old toddler and even attempted to throw former friends under the bus as possible suspects.
Casey Anthony tolds her family that she hadn't been watching the news and was unaware of the extent of their efforts to find Caylee. While Casey Anthony sat in protective custody, an all out manhunt was underway to find Caylee and the nanny whom Casey Anthony claimed took her. A reward of $225,000 was offered and the family was handing out fliers and posting billboards.
In a conversation from July 25, 2008, Casey Anthony went from tears and told her parents that she loved them to the combative attitude of a teenager.
When her mom told her that Caylee would be on the cover of People Magazine and asked Casey Anthony whether they'll ever be able to find the missing little girl, she responded, "I hope we do, Mom."
When Casey Anthony was told how high the reward to find Caylee was, Casey Anthony responded, "That's almost half my bond."
She talked about the jail's "crappy food" and that she only got to take a shower every few days.
Cindy Anthony implored her daughter to look into her eyes through the glass barrier.
"Look straight up so I can look straight into your eyes…It's OK to cry love … we've all been crying," Cindy Anthony said.
Casey Anthony appeared the most emotional in court when she watched her father in the taped conversation.
George Anthony greeted his daughter, saying, "Hey gorgeous, how you doing?"
Casey Anthony responded, "I look like hell."
"I want to take your pain away from you … you can tell me anything … I miss you sweetie … I wish I could have been a better dad and better grandpa," George Anthony said.
Casey Anthony teared up, saying, "You and mom have been the best grandparents. … Caylee has been so lucky. Caylee is so lucky to have both of you."
George Anthony, a former police officer, kept asking his daughter, "What can I do."
Casey Anthony built on her lie, detailing the nanny's car and telling her family to keep the search local.
Casey Anthony began to get combative in the taped conversation when her mother began probing about her odd behavior during the month only she knew Caylee was missing.
"I have a question for you … how come you never had a chance to get the car? It doesn't make sense," Cindy Anthony said.
Cindy Anthony was referring to Casey Anthony's abandoned Pontiac Sunfire that tested positive for human decomposition and chloroform. When her parents picked it up from the tow yard July 15, 2008, it prompted them to find Casey Anthony and call 911 to report Caylee's disappearance.
Casey Anthony claimed in the taped conversation that she was protecting her family and that she couldn't speak about why she didn't pick up the car because the conversation is being recorded.
"My gut's telling me that she's OK. … She's not far. … I know in my heart, she's not far. I can feel it," Casey Anthony said of Caylee's whereabouts.
Caylee's remains wouldn't be found until December of 2008. They were wrapped in a Winnie the pooh blanket and stuffed in plastic bags in a wooded area near the Anthony family home.
Defense Attorney Jose Baez called for a mistrial saying that the jailhouse conversations discredited Casey Anthony's legal counsel. One tape between Lee and Casey Anthony made disparaging remarks about Baez.
Judge Belvin Perry denied the motion for a mistrial.