ORLANDO — Casey Anthony tried to give her missing 3-year-old daughter up for adoption before she was born, but her mother wouldn't let her, according to legal documents released this week.
The records paint the 22-year-old Florida woman as perplexed, scheming and unbalanced and say she repeatedly defended obvious lies to police.
The 400 pages released by prosecutors this week leave little hope that Caylee Marie Anthony will be found safe. Anthony says her daughter has been missing since June 9, but she didn't report it until more than a month later. She faces charges of child neglect, obstruction and making false statements.
Prosecutors have called her a person of interest in what is appearing to be a murder case. She was freed last week on $500,000 bail and is on home confinement awaiting trial.
The documents show a pregnant Casey Anthony, who gave birth to Caylee when she was 19, considered offering the child for adoption.
Kiomare Torres Cruz, Casey Anthony's friend from high school, said she offered to take Caylee because she couldn't have children. But Cruz said Cindy Anthony, Casey's mother, said no.
"I said … 'I'm strongly considering adopting the baby from you.' (Casey Anthony) said, 'That's a good idea,' " Cruz told police. "But then she called me back saying that her mom pretty much has told her that, no, she needs to keep the baby and that she's not giving it up for adoption. Even though she really did not want to have the baby."
Caylee's father died in a car crash a year after she was born, Anthony's family has said.
"I have spent every day since Monday, June 9, 2008, looking for my daughter," Casey Anthony wrote in a sworn affidavit signed July 16, the day of her arrest. "I avoided calling the police or even notifying my family out of fear. I have been, and still am, afraid of what has or may happen to Caylee."
Anthony told police repeatedly that she left the child with her babysitter, who vanished while she was at work. However, no one had lived at the alleged sitter's address in months, Anthony had no job and no woman by the babysitter's alleged name ever knew the mother and daughter, detectives say.
The documents detail at length the mistrust Anthony's friends and relatives — particularly her mother — seemed to have of her.
Cindy Anthony told one of Casey's friends her daughter was a sociopath. She first wanted Casey Anthony arrested for allegedly disappearing with her money, the toddler and a family car for a month before the girl was reported missing. She told a 911 dispatcher that the car, which had been towed after being abandoned at a check-cashing business, smelled like someone had died in it. A man at the tow yard told detectives the same thing.
Casey Anthony admitted misleading investigators, police said, but insisted she had done nothing to the girl.