TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – One day after the Casey Anthony verdict came down, the emotions are still raw for people across the country and South Florida. The end to the 47-day long trial left some in tears, others angry, and even more confused on why they even cared.
Miamian Keela Awoska said the news of the guilty verdict brought her to tears even though she didn’t know Casey Anthony.
“I was crying cause I couldn’t believe how I don’t think they listened,” she said. “They weren’t paying attention and I feel sorry for the baby.”
Awoska said even though Caylee was not her child; she can’t help but mourn for her.
“I have my own kids and just imagine them doing something to harm them,” said Awoska. “I couldn’t handle that so, that’s why I was so emotional about the situation.”
Its emotion that translated to dozens of comments on CBSMiami.com that flooded the page after the verdict was rendered.
TT wrote: “What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Bklyn Mom wrote: “This is the most pathetic verdict! Are these jurors total morons? She is guilty as sin! OJ got his in the end and so will Casey. You can count on it!”
Elisa Tharp wrote: “People respond in their own ways. It’s just sad that the little girl didn’t receive justice today. Her mother got away with the perfect crime. Tomorrow is another day for all of us, not for Caylee though.”
They are reactions from total strangers, yet not surprising to Dr. Eugenio Rothe, a psychiatry professor at FIU.
“People have the belief that their life view is the right one and when their life view or moral code is challenged, it brings about strong emotions and indignation,” said Dr. Rothe.
He also said emotions regarding cases that involve children are typically very strong.
“There is a natural instinct in human beings to protect infants; it’s also present in animals,” Rothe said. “So when there’s an implication that an adult is damaging a child, it creates very visceral emotions in people because it’s part of our making.”