ORLANDO (CBS4)- Casey Anthony told her parents in July 2008 she ached to come home from jail and see her missing child, according to a video shown to jurors on the ninth day of her murder trial for the child’s death.
In the jailhouse recording shown Friday morning, Anthony told her parents her “heart is aching” because she wanted to be home with them, and with Caylee.
The state has shown a series of jailhouse visit videos over the past two days to highlight how, following her initial arrest, Casey continued to perpetuate her original story about a nanny kidnapping her child. That account changed suddenly at the start of her murder trial when her lawyer for the first time contended the child accidentally drowned in the family’s pool.
Anthony, 25, is charged with killing Caylee in the summer of 2008. She has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say the child suffocated after duct tape was placed over her mouth. Caylee’s skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near her grandparents’ home in December 2008.
During an Aug. 14, 2008, visit with her parents, Casey told her mother. “Just tell her that we forgive her,” when asked what message Casey wanted to covey to the nanny she claimed had taken Caylee.
“All I want is my daughter back,” she told her parents during the video. “All we want is our Caylee.”
On Thursday, jurors saw recordings of jailhouse visits by Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and her brother, Lee Anthony. Friday they saw three more recordings of visits she had with her parents.
In a tape from July 30, 2008, the Anthonys arrived at the jail wearing special t-shirts featuring Caylee’s picture. When her mother asked how she liked the shirts, Casey Anthony asked her father to stand up and model.
During the visit, Casey Anthony complimented the family on their efforts to find Caylee, telling them to “keep the faith.” Anthony claimed the child had been missing for 31 days before police were called in mid-July 2008.
“You are doing a great job, mom,” Casey Anthony said during the visit. “I know it’s hard. I know better than anyone right now. You are doing so great.”
She talked with her parents about believing that Caylee would come home. Once the child returns home, Casey Anthony told her mother, “I’m going to be the crazy, overprotective mom. I won’t let her out of my sight.”
As they talked about Caylee, Casey Anthony told her mother: “She’s not just my little girl. I mean she’s my baby, but she will always be your baby and dad’s baby and Lee’s baby.”
At another point, Casey told her father that the family would “all be back together” with her missing daughter.
While watching the videos on Friday, Anthony could be seen with tears in her eyes at times.
Prosecutors say they expect to reach the halfway point of its case on Saturday, when a half-day of court is scheduled.
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