May 31st, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Friend: Casey Anthony was 'frustrated' with mother

(CNN) - Casey Anthony's frustration level with her parents, particularly her mother, was rising around the time her 2-year-old daughter disappeared, for reasons including that her mother was increasingly unable to watch the child so Casey could hang out with her friends, one of those friends testified Tuesday.

Amy Huizenga told jurors in Anthony's capital murder trial that the two previously were close friends and that Anthony complained frequently about her parents, particularly her mother. Anthony's relationship with her mother was "strained. It was hard. Her mom was continually agitated with her," Huizenga said. "I remember she told me her mom had told her she was an unfit mother. She was extremely upset about that."

But Anthony was agitated at her mother as well, as she had to cancel plans "fairly frequently" because she had no one to watch her daughter, Huizenga testified. It was happening more frequently during the spring of 2008, Huizenga said, and the "frustration was greater."

In late June, Anthony told her that she was keeping Caylee away from her parents, as they were having marital problems and were considering divorce, and "she wanted to keep Caylee out of the drama."

But actually, by late June, Caylee was missing. The last time the little girl was seen was June 16, and she was not reported missing until July 15 by Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony's mother.

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts in Caylee's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading police. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

She has pleaded not guilty and denied harming her daughter or having anything to do with the little girl's disappearance or death. Defense attorney Jose Baez has said that once all the facts were known, it will become clear his client is innocent.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found in December 2008 in a wooded field not far from the home of Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony.

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  1. rizwan khan

    Anderson , this family is doing drama and i m sure she seems to me a party mother and she did kill her.. there is no mother on earth can leave her 2 years old in a pool without any reason? how dare you can do that? she is sick...

    May 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  2. Leilani

    I'm sorry, but I have a 2yr old daughter & she means the world to me so for Casey to do or may have done is just down right low she doesn't know what she miss in life & she had a beautiful girl who she'll never see again because of her actions/choices.

    May 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Ash Shah

    Nancy Grace just lost her case with Mark

    May 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Beverly McCray

    It is my gut feeling that Casey Anthony never intended to kill her daughter. I believe that her ex boyfriend introduced Casey to using chloroform on her daughter to induce sleep for long periods so that Casey could leave her unattended. Casey could party and play, knowing that her daughter was asleep. I think Zanny was her code name for the chloroform. When she over chloroformed her daughter(resulting in her death), she came up with the kidnapping as a coverup. Because the kidnapping no longer holds up to scrutiny , she blames the death on her father.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm |