'Nanny' Files Defamation Suit Against Casey Anthony

Woman Anthony accused in missing child case doesn't even know the family.

September 26, 2008, 3:31 PM

Sept. 29, 2008 — -- Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman Casey Anthony reportedly named as a suspect in the case of her missing daughter, today denied any involvement in the case, saying she doesn't even know the family.

Anthony has said she last saw her daughter, Caylee, when she dropped her off with a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, whom she said was the baby's nanny.

Though Fernandez-Gonzalez was cleared by police, she said she lost her job, cannot find an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters. She filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against Anthony.

Fernandez-Gonzalez, a 37-year-old mother of six, said today on "Good Morning America" that she looked at an apartment and filled out a form at the complex where Anthony said she dropped off Caylee before she disappeared.

"I just went to look at an apartment and filled out an information card," Fernandez-Gonzalez said in an exclusive interview today with "GMA." "My suspicion is they probably gave her [Anthony] the information from the card."

The card included the names of two of her daughters and the make and color of her car, which is the same information that Anthony gave the police, said Fernandez-Gonzalez and her attorney John Morgan.

Documents released Friday, which include interviews with Anthony's mother and boyfriends and records of instant messages, show that investigators searched Anthony's computer for evidence of contact with the nanny.

"No photographs, video, e-mail, instant-message chat or any other type of communication with a Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez was discovered on either computer," a computer forensics report said.

Investigators reportedly found records showing that Anthony visited missing children Web sites months before her 3-year-old disappeared. Anthony also reportedly searched for the name Fernandez-Gonzalez, the documents say.

Caylee Anthony was reported missing in July. Her mother has been called a person of interest in the case but has not been charged in connection with Caylee's disappearance.

Police have been searching for Caylee since July, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Florida has said that it believes the girl is probably dead.

Anthony has given the police changing and inaccurate information about the case, according to investigators. She has been charged with child neglect and making false statements.

Photos, records of interviews with Anthony's family and text messages and instant messages Anthony sent were among the documents released Friday.

One of the photos from Anthony's computer was a drawing of a child looking at a teddy bear in a noose. The caption reads, "Why do people kill people, who kill people, to show people that to kill people -- is bad."

Prosecutors also released a taped police interview with Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, in which investigators, holding Anthony's hand, claim she is changing her story about Caylee's disappearance.

"I can't stand in front of a newscast and say everything that you've told us so far is the same thing that we've said all along, because I can't say that because you've changed it. I can't overlook certain things that exist," an officer says.

In interviews released Thursday, Anthony's brother, Lee, said he and his family first realized Caylee was missing in July, after noticing an awful smell coming from her car. Police have said that air sample tests showed evidence of human decomposition in Anthony's trunk.

"It hit you like a wave," Lee Anthony said of the smell.

Lee Anthony said that when he asked his sister where Caylee was she insisted that the girl was with her nanny. Only when Cindy Anthony threatened to call the police did Casey Anthony admit that she had not seen her daughter in more than a month.

"Do you want to know the truth? I haven't seen Caylee in 31 days," Anthony said, according to her brother.

In documents released Friday, Anthony's family appears skeptical of her story. The manager of a tow truck lot where Anthony's car had been impounded said Anthony's father told him that Anthony had been lying and that his granddaughter was missing.

Tow truck manager Simon Burch said he noticed an overpowering smell coming from Anthony's car. "When he opened the car door and that stench come out, my heart dropped because he was all of a sudden he was […] telling me about his granddaughter missing," he said.

In instant messages sent to a former boyfriend, a former sheriff's deputy who was fired over his relationship with Anthony, Anthony complains about how difficult it is to be a single mother, once referring to Caylee as the "little snot head."

"Seriously, spending the day with caylee , is 10 times more exhausting, than working a 12-hour event," she wrote.

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