The story of Caylee Anthony especially resonated with me when her story first broke several years ago because my daughter was the same age Caylee was at the time of her disappearance . My daughter had just turned 3, and I held her a bit more closely, while we all waited for another sweet, innocent girl to come home and celebrate her own 3rd birthday.
I wasn’t in the courtroom these past weeks of the trial, as the whole country has since been riveted by the story, so I can’t say with complete certainty why Casey Anthony wasn’t convicted, but I’m reminded that we live in a DNA age, when it seems nearly impossible to convict someone on circumstantial evidence and although there was a ton of it, reasonable doubts must have remained for the jury to reach a not guilty verdict.
Since the trial began early this summer, though, I’ve had my share of motherly instincts and emotions just like most mothers I know who have followed this case. How could a mom not report her child missing for 30 days, and then tell lie after lie, impeding an investigation? Supposedly years of abuse by her father and brother are the reasons for Casey being a serial liar. But there are many decent parents out there who endured childhood abuse as well.
Except for being a sociopath, how else could a mother carry on and party during the time her daughter is missing? The multiple photos and accounts of Casey gallivanting around town show an unencumbered young woman without the least bit of worry. I could point the finger to being a young, single mother and that she wasn’t prepared to raise a child alone, and believe me, I’ve thought it. But again, there are many examples of single parents who do the hard work of being selfless and raise their children up the best they can.
So I suppose we can’t throw the book at Casey Anthony legally, but I want to throw it at her morally. I have no idea why she was blessed with the gift of Caylee, when there are so many people out there who would love to have a child but can’t. I can only hope Casey Anthony never has another child. I also think Casey’s case can serve as a lesson for us all to talk with our older children about several life lessons: how frustrating being a parent can be especially if we’re at a point in our lives when we can’t be selfless; how important support networks are. Even if it were true about her father, George, molesting her over the years, why would Casey look to them as her sole support when Caylee was born? And if it’s because of sickness and a warped way of thinking again, we need to do a better job of helping victims of childhood abuse. And last, as a society, domestic adoption has been overlooked as a viable option over the years. Many people who unexpectedly get pregnant think abortion or single parenthood are the only options these days. Why? Why do so many people have to go overseas to adopt?
What do you think about the Casey Anthony verdict?