Judge in Casey Anthony Trial Suggests She Killed Her Daughter Accidentally
Ex-Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. said Anthony may have killed Caylee while trying to sedate her with chloroform.
The former Florida judge who presided over the trial of acquitted murder suspect Casey Anthony has posited a theory about the day 2-year-old Caylee died in 2008.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, ex-Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. said it's possible the mother was attempting to use chloroform to calm her daughter when things went awry.
"There was a possibility that she may have utilized that to keep the baby quiet... and just used too much of it, and the baby died," the former judge told the newspaper Wednesday.
But Perry, who has retired since the televised 2011 trial that captivated audiences worldwide, cautioned that any number of events may have led to the toddler's death.
"That’s just one of the many theories as to how this beautiful young lady tragically met her death," Perry said.
During the trial, defense attorney Jose Baez told jurors that the toddler accidentally drowned in the family pool and that someone else hid the body.
Prosecutors alleged that Anthony used chloroform, then suffocated the child by putting duct tape over her mouth.
Anthony was acquitted at the conclusion of the sensational murder trial. Perry said he thinks it's possible that if jurors believed she'd attempted to sedate Caylee, they would have convicted Anthony of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
Since her trial, Anthony has largely avoided the public eye save for early last month when the 30-year-old was spotted protesting Donald Trump outside his Mar-a-Lago estate near. She is believed to be living in nearby Palm Beach.
Casey reportedly told WPTV that she was there because she is against his policies. She did not appear on camera and did not specify which policies she was against.
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