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article imageFlorida Mother Waits 5 Weeks To Report 2 year-old Missing

By Susan Duclos     Jul 17, 2008 in Crime
According to a Florida judge that denied bond for Casey Anthony, she allegedly left her 2 year-old child with a person that doesn't exist, in an apartment that she could not identify and lied to her parents about her childs whereabouts.
Caylee Marie Anthony is two years old and she was missing for five weeks before her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, reported her missing to the authorities.
Caylee is still missing.
Anthony was arrested yesterday and at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge John Jordan, who stated "You left your 2-year-old child with a person who does not exist at an apartment you cannot identify and you lied to your parents about your child's whereabouts. You cared so little about your child."
In denying bond to Anthony, the judge said that she showed "woeful disregard for the welfare of her child."
The charges against the mother are child neglect, interfering with a criminal investigation and lying to a police officer in the disappearance of her daughter
Detectives learned about the case yesterday and as the media and authorities have started investigating, the reports claim that Anthony told investigators that she left Caylee with a babysitter at an Orlando, Florida apartment complex in early June and she claims she has been searching for the woman ever since.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, detectives tell them that the apartment that Anthony claims to have left her child in, has been vacant for over four months.
In a report from a local station, Central Florida News 13, the woman Anthony identified as Zenaida Gonzalez, claims she doesn't know Anthony.
Anthony and her daughter Caylee lived with Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, who claim that Caylee's mother had given them the impression that she was going to work everyday and that Caylee was being cared for by a friend or a nanny.
When the got suspicious after not seeing Caylee for a length of time, they confronted their daughter and persuaded her to go to the authorities.
Sgt. Allen Lee from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office explains the difficulties the police now face by stating, "Obviously, if we had been notified the day the child turned up missing, we could have started looking for the child immediately. The fact the child has been missing for five weeks, of course, makes it more difficult for us.”
It is believed that Caylee is still alive because she was said to spotted on July 12, 2008, by friends of Anthony's, who say they saw her at ashopping area somewhere along the Orange County, Seminole County line, but they say they do not know who the Caylee was with at the time.
The last time she was seen she was wearing a blue and pink outfit and white-rimmed sunglasses.
At the moment there has been no Amber Alert issued for Caylee because the authorities say that the information they have does not meet the criteria, according to Capt. Angelo Nieves.
The public is being asked to call CrimeLine at (800) 423-TIPS, if they have any information regarding Caylee's location.
[Update] The Orange County Sheriff's Office has just listed more numbers to call if anyone has information on Caylee:
If you have information about this missing person, please contact the Orange County Sheriff's office at 407-254-7000, or 407-836-HELP (4357). If it is an emergency, please dial 911.
You can also contact us via email at missingpersons@ocfl.net, to report information about a missing person, or to let us know that a missing person has returned home.
[Update] After a strong smell led investigators to search Caylee's grandparent's back yard, no sign of the girl was found.
Another lead showed that the car that Anthony had been driving was left in a parking lot for no apparent reason, long enough for a business owner to have it towed away.
The car or the parking lot might hold the only clues right now. Channel 9 has learned investigators came back to square one again Friday afternoon and searched for possible evidence at the place where Caylee Marie Anthony's mother had, for some reason, abandoned her car earlier this week.
While they didn't find anything at the parking lot, sources told Eyewitness News they might be finding clues in the white, 1998 Pontiac GT that Caylee's mother Casey left in the east Orange County parking lot. Eyewitness News has learned there was a stench in the car, which could indicate evidence of a body, but sources said investigators don't have any more than that to go on and they haven't figured out what the stench was from.
The search continues as does the investigation and Anthony's lawyer claims she is cooperating with authorities, but investigators say that's not necessarily true.
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