September 5th, 2008
04:53 PM ET

Chloroform and Caylee

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

What began as a desperate search for a missing girl has become, it appears, a full-scale criminal probe against her mother.

To be certain, as of right now, authorities have not charged Casey Anthony with the murder of her 3-year-old daughter. Casey was released from jail today, for the second time in 15 days after an anonymous person posted the $500,000 bond. But investigators are apparently gathering evidence that may indicate Caylee was the victim of a crime. They continue to label Casey as a person of interest.

What evidence do they have? Officials say they believe a human body was inside Casey’s car, as were traces of Caylee’s hair. Now, another development has surfaced, perhaps the most disturbing revelation since this tragic story first unfolded. A law enforcement source told CNN traces of chloroform were found in Casey’s vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control defines chloroform as a “colorless liquid with a pleasant, nonirritating odor” that was “used as an inhaled anesthetic during surgery.”

Maybe the police lab is wrong, maybe there was no chloroform in the car. Or, if there is undisputed proof of the compound’s presence, it could be that there is a simple, innocuous explanation.

On the other hand, there seems to be the suggestion of an insidious plot, one some believe may have been carried out against a young life.

Police have their theories. So do many of you. Ultimately, it may be up to a jury to determine the truth.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
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  1. Davene

    rest in peace precious angel caylee!!!! my heart breaks every single time i watch coverage of this evil casey.They keep saying little caylees mom..anyone can give birth but that doesnt make them a mother..no mother would ever ever ever harm their child..to casey,caylee was just a bother and didnt fit into her lifestyle..she is guilty and in the end she will pay for all that she has done.

    September 8, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  2. Sherry

    This message also to Elldwinia English – Orlando is not another "small podunk town" as you put it. And, it has nothing to do with being another white girl...........race again – go figure.

    Blame the news people, for pete's sake. Living here, I have never seen such a circus being allowed to take place. It's just a matter of time before something bad happens – fights are erupting between the "gawkers" and protestors outside. Ridiculous.

    I agree with lorrie – your comments were rude, unwarranted and ignorant. All children, white, black, hispanic, poka-dot, or whatever are important. Regardless of race.

    Most important thing is to find that little baby. Seems like this one is dragging along very slowly. Every day I wake up and pray that this is the day that she will be found and bring some kind of closure.


    September 8, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  3. Gina

    Sorry..not innocent until proven guilty in this case. I think whoever bailed her out with the whole "having her constitutional rights violated" is a full of poo. to put it mildly. I think that person enjoys the debacle that ensued. Their own personal high... They're just as sick as Casey is. And her mother!!!!!!! That family has some serious mental issues going. Her mother is an enabler who coddles her, which is why she turned out to be such a lying and manipulative loser. My mother would have handed me over on a silver platter if she even suspected it. I'm leaning towards the accident theory. Maybe she was drugging her or maybe she did drugs herself and the little one happened to get into them. Either way she's guilty, no question about it. An innocent person doesn't hide from the law like that. A REAL mother doesn't/wouldn't hinder the investigation. I just hope they find Caylee so that there can be a body and a real case and she can get the burial she and sooooo many others like her out there deserve.

    September 8, 2008 at 9:12 am |
  4. Lesley

    Remember how the Natelie Holloway investigation went on and on
    and on and on? Well this story is gearing up to be just the same
    unless 1. they find that little girls body or 2. her mother finally
    tells the police what happened, which hopefully will happen.

    I'll be watching this story for as long as CNN reports about it.
    I hope to goodness Caylee gets the justice she deserves.

    September 8, 2008 at 9:04 am |
  5. Tony

    @Melissa –
    Just because there is no body, doesn't mean she won't be charged. There have been numerous cases where no body has been found, no witnesses and circumstantial evidence present and the person charged. Juries have even found a guilty verdict in such cases.
    It's more remote, but it does happen. If the prosecution team feels that they can convict based on this evidence, they will charge, believe me on that.
    I personally believe she is evasive and is covering something. She hasn't been forthcoming at all with police or investigators.

    September 8, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  6. DJ

    I understand that there could be innocent reasons for the use of chloroform, however, given it has been outlawed for consumer usage in the US for many years, to obtain it at all would be a criminal act, all on its own. So the thought that she would have chloroform in her possession at all suggests criminal activity. My question would be with the confirmation of chloroform being found in the car along with the internet searches would law-enforcement have enough to charge her with possession of an illegal substance, and would that constitute a federal charge? Some how the substance got into her car so at some point she had possession of the substance, there must be a legal recourse in this matter.

    September 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  7. JerichoJenny

    To Elldwinia English

    If you think "missing white girl" is wrong, why don't you do something about it? You know how to use a computer. Why don't you stop whining and put your energy toward finding the other children?

    I was raised in a home with foster children and we didn't care about color, nationality, deformities, etc.

    I haven't forgotten Rilya Wilson or the Bradley girls. Have you?

    September 7, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  8. Dan-yel

    You are right she is a psycho. Let's get real the other day I couldn't find my 9 year old daughter for about 30 seconds before I grabbed my phone to call the police before she came from my neighbor's backyard. She waited 31 days. That's because she needed time to cover up what she did to her daughter.

    September 5, 2008 at 9:19 pm |
  9. Stephanie

    I just wish Casey would tell law enforcement, or Texas Equusearch where she is and let this innocent little angel rest in peace. She deserves that much, at least.

    September 5, 2008 at 7:50 pm |
  10. lorrie

    my message goes to Elldwinia English im not sure what you meant by the world is sorry another white girl being dead or lost that was rude and you are wrong the world does care what happens in this case just the same as they woudl if the child was black or hispanic come on now it doesnt matter the race a poor innocent child was harmed because her mother wanted to party. Casey should never be aloud outside the jail house until she says where Caylee is dead or alive she deserves to be found

    September 5, 2008 at 7:50 pm |
  11. Bella Le

    I have a question.....God forbid Casey did kill Caylee, and as morbid as this sounds......burned her body.....could cadiver dogs still pick up a human scent? When Casey told her brother she had a feeling that Caylee was close to home, I got goosebumps thinking that child was buried in the back yard. Can't they get a warrant to dig up the backyard? Why did Casey take all those gasoline cans for anyway? The shovel? sounds mighty suspicious to me. Can you also explain why Casey cannot be forced to either take a lie detector test...although since she is so good at lieing,,,who knows how that would turn up....but also what about injecting her with truth serum.....knock her out and see what she has to say.....

    September 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  12. tonja

    well i have followed this story sinced it first aired and i have an opinion... they need to check the local landfill that baby has been dumped in a dumpster long ago and she never said anything because she was trying to make up a big story but her mother beat her to the chase and found her before she could have an air tight alibi so now she wont talk because it was premedatated she killed that child because her mother cindy is a total nag and always told her what to do and when to do it and she would rather party than be a mother i hope she rots in hell for what she has done

    September 5, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  13. Michael J. Arch

    I agree with Cindy, and then some. It is possible the tot's mom used chemicals in her attempt to clean out the small and possible evidence, because if you take into account that the tot's mom also washed the child's clothes from the car it further tells me " cover up ".

    Now lets talk about theories for a moment . Recall the grandmother mentioning " It was hot that day " regarding the rotten pizza? suppose the tot's mom left her child in the " hot car " from the " hot sun " and the child was killed in the car from all the " heat " . Possible ? I would say the likelihood is the " accident " theory . Other then that, the tot's mom murdered her own child .

    Did the Authorities ever use ground penetrating radar on that slab of new cement in the tot's grand parents back yard ? The dog's did hit on a location from within their yard could the tot be berried under the cement?

    September 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  14. Sandy

    I only wish that Casey's parents would get their head out of the sand and see what everyone else sees, that is their daughter is responsible for the disappearance of their grandaughter. I cannot believe that even with the evidence of decompossing body in the trunck, they now say it was someone elses body give me a break!

    September 5, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  15. Jenny

    If only we could get a law passed in certain cases to use...i don't know, anybody seen the movie Hostel??
    Sounds like another Andrea Yates to me!

    September 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  16. carol kesling

    cindy anthony is in serious denial. it has got to be so hard for her and her husband. i just can"t understand why casey anthony cannt tell her poor parents what happened to this child, it only leads one to believe that poor caylee is with god right now, maybe that is the best. my prayers are with the family,not casey....

    September 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  17. Pat

    Seems to me , I heard that Casey took the child to parties. And her friends said the child slept through anything.
    Sounds to me like she was giving the child chloroform to make her sleep. ( Some mothers do give kids sleeping pills etc.) And the reason it is off the market, and has been for many years. Is because it can kill you if you get too much.

    September 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Mar

    A simple innocuous explanation ?!! NOT!!
    Hello there were searchs on her computer!

    September 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  19. jeannie

    I beleive in the law, and in this case the law should be that Casy remains in jail until she tells where her daughter is or the child is found. Clearly she is responcible for her daughters death. Not fair to that baby girl so beautiful. Moms a sociopath.

    September 5, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  20. Heather

    I have been following this everyday . The lab is the FBI crime lab in VA. It's no mistake. They found unusually high concentrations in vapor form. Chloroform was banned for consumer use by the FDA back in the 70's. The police have internet searches from her laptop computer for chloroform. They don't say if she bought any online. The next question is if she did how did she pay for it? Her car was found parked next to a dumpster which I thought I heard was being tested. I know they are searching in the woods because of cell phone ping records. I wonder if the police were ever able to find out what section of the land fill the driver of the garbage truck emptied the contents of that dumpster in. Each of these drivers is given a section at the land fill to empty their truck. I wonder when the police will search there. All I can say is you can't write this . Of course the grandmother thinks the FBI crime lab is wrong and the Body Farm is wrong. She insulted Tim Miller and the police.

    I have read the police transcripts and I think the FBI would have been better at questioning her. There are about five weeks where no one who knows her as a friend can say that they saw her. I think she had been planning what she did for a very long time. I also think that the police and FBI know much more than what they have leaked to the media.I am sure she killed her daughter but not in a violent way. She is not stupid at all. She is a pathological lier. But she cant outsmart the FBI. They are the best and if they can identify people from 911 or id terrorists they will solve this. I think the reason people are so angry is because any parent would turn their life upside down to help find their child and she just tells elaborate lies. Plus the family is in total denial and their lawyer publicly insulted the FBI crime lab. I think the grandparents are also involved. Why hire a high profile criminal defense lawyer unless they are involved. Oh I just wish you could get all of them to be honest.

    September 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  21. Elldwinia English

    99% of people who actually want to watch CNN are sick to death of this stupid case every freaking day. Ther world is still revolving, Im sorry if the small podunk town of florida lost another child citizen move! There are actual cases that people are interested in ,not another white girl ,dead or lost.

    The World

    September 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with Cindy in GA... what she is talking as I am commenting same thing as she said.
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, Wa

    September 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  23. Melissa, Los Angeles

    Unless they charge Casey with murder, there won't be a jury. No body and circumstantial evidence – she won't be charged anytime soon. I'm curious as to who bailed her out.

    September 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  24. Cindy

    I saw the news of the chloroform being in the car the other day. It is also an astringent used to clean with. So it seems Casey was trying to clean up what was left in the trunk. Makes you really believe that Casey killed Caylee then buried the body and was trying to get rid of the evidence. Unfortunately the only one that really knows is Casey. And she ain't talking.

    I hope that they solve this case and it doesn't go on and on with no end.


    September 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm |