Casey Anthony is reportedly wearing a constant reminder of her daughter, Caylee – a necklace that contains cremated remains of the deceased two-year-old.
According to People, the locket containing Caylee’s ashes was a gift to the 26-year-old from her mom, Cindy. The magazine also reports Cindy Anthony wears a matching necklace.
“Casey told me it was the way the Anthony women would be together forever,” an unnamed friend of Casey Anthony said, according to People.
The little girl’s remains were found in December 2008 near the family home about six months after she was last seen. Casey initially told police that a fictitious babysitter kidnapped the child. But during her trial for murder, her defense claimed that Caylee drowned in the family’s pool and said Casey never informed authorities that the girl died. On July 5, 2011, a jury of seven women and five menacquitted Casey Anthony of murdering Caylee.
Anthony has maintained a relatively low-profile since her release from jail. It was not until early last month that she finally broke her silence to Piers Morgan. Anthony told Morgan she did not kill Caylee and expressed regrets about how she handled the investigation, including the lies she admittedly told police about her daughter’s whereabouts.
“I was 22. I was scared and confused with life in general, not having a direction. … I’m ashamed in many ways of the person that I was,” she told Morgan by phone.
Anthony’s criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez, also recently revealed his take on the Anthony case in his new book, “Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story.” The last chapter in the book is titled, “A Prisoner In Her Own Freedom” – something Baez describes in great detail.
“I just hope … that one day she will be allowed to live in peace,” Baez wrote. “She was found not guilty by a jury of her peers, by a jury that made so many sacrifices, and to attack her and criticize her after she had the finality of a trial is not justice. It goes against everything we as American’s believe in.”
Neither Cindy Anthony nor Casey Anthony’s attorney, J. Cheney Mason, immediately returned calls for comment from The Huffington Post.