ORLANDO (CBS4) – Casey Anthony “failed to protect her child from harm,” according to a new report by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The 12-page DCF report is the final report on 2-year-old Caylee Anthony’s death. It recaps the circumstances surrounding the toddler’s disappearance, death and multi-year investigation into the case.
The report says Casey Anthony failed to protect Caylee and that the failure interfered with the law enforcement investigation and efforts to find the child.
“It is the conclusion of the Department of Children and Families that [Casey Anthony] failed to protect her child from harm either through her actions or lack of actions, which tragically resulted in the child’s untimely death,” the investigation’s report states.
An agency spokesman says the report does not accuse Anthony of killing her daughter.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, DCF spokeswoman Carrie Hoeppner said the state agency’s probe, which ended this week, was not a criminal investigation. The conclusions were submitted to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, but they will not result in any charges against Casey Anthony.
A jury acquitted Anthony in Caylee’s death. She was released from jail and has dropped from public sight.
A judge ordered her to return to Florida to serve probation on unrelated check fraud charges. Her lawyers appealed and another judge is expected to rule whether Anthony must follow that order.
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