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article image'Zanny the Nanny' arrested in Florida

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By Arthur Weinreb
Aug 19, 2012 in Crime
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Orlando - The Florida woman who has the same name as the fictional babysitter Casey Anthony told authorities she left her daughter Caylee with, faces a charge of selling alcohol to a minor.
Zenaida Gonzalez was arrested Friday night by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. The 41-year-old, who works as a cashier at a Circle K convenience store, is alleged to have sold an alcoholic beverage to an 18-year-old. The legal drinking age in Florida is 21.
According to the Daily Mail, police say Gonzalez sold the alcoholic power drink to the teen even though she checked his ID and knew he was underage. Gonzalez' arrest was part of a sting operation to catch clerks who sell alcohol to persons under the age of 21.
In 2008, two-year-old Caylee Anthony went missing. Her mother, Casey, told police she had last seen her daughter when she left her with her babysitter, Zenaida Gonzalez. Anthony claimed the babysitter had kidnapped Caylee. Both in the media and in court, the babysitter was referred to as "Zanny the Nanny."
As ABC News reports, Anthony's lawyers told the court that the entire story about the babysitter was made up by their client. Gonzalez had the misfortune as having the same name as the imaginary nanny. She and Anthony had never met.
As Digital Journal reported, Anthony was acquitted in July, 2011 of all charges in relation to the death of her daughter. She was found guilty of lying to police, including sending them on a wild goose chase after the non-existent babysitter. Anthony was sentence to four years on those counts but after taking the time she already served into account, Anthony spent only a few more days in jail.
As the Orlando Sentinel reported, Gonzalez had launched a defamation suit against Anthony for damages for loss of reputation. Gonzalez claims as a result of Anthony's statements to police, she lost her job and was questioned by family members about Caylee's disappearance.
Anthony is defending the suit, alleging the story she told to authorities was not specific enough to point to this particular Zenaida Gonzalez.
WFTV reports Gonzalez has been bonded out of the Orange County Jail—the same facility Anthony spent almost three years of her life in.
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