R.I.P. Caylee

06 Jul

Today’s “not guilty” verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial brought tears to the masses, but not tears of relief. There were tears of anger. Tears of sadness. Tears of resentment. Tears of disgust. This storm of emotion by the public was broadcasted on every news channel since the verdict was reported.

Why so much emotional response to this particular acquittal? Many believe two-year old Caylee died at the hand of her own mother. And she just got away with it.

O.J. Simpson verdict all over again.

People diligently watched the trial unfold on T.V. and knew the “not guilty” verdict was always a possibility, but did anyone really think she’d be found “not guilty”?

This case resonates with all of us because Caylee was an innocent child who was obviously murdered and the elaborate cover-up by her mother suggests she’s guilty.

Mothers all know the awful feeling when your heart STOPS for that second when you think you lost your little one in the store. What’s the first thing mothers do in that case? Mothers panic, yell the child’s name and get help, all while searching frantically for that little precious one.

Who did that for Caylee?

I don’t propose to know the truth of what really happened, but at the very least, isn’t it a crime of neglect to pretend your child is NOT missing? She didn’t report Caylee missing for at least THIRTY days!

I really don’t buy the story about Caylee’s “accidental drowning” in the pool, but if it really was true and Casey didn’t do anything about it – again, isn’t there a crime here? That’s negligence in the worst way!

As the prosecutors stated, when a child is drowning (100% of the time) someone calls for help. They call 911. They try to save her little life. To give her a chance.

Did Caylee get that chance to live?

I highly commend the prosecutors. Many will criticize them and second-guess them, but they probably didn’t have all the evidence they needed to convince the jury. They used the evidence they had to work with, but I’m sure they wish they could’ve had forensic teams from C.S.I. shows to completely prove her guilt. Alas, C.S.I. shows are fictitious and I’m guessing the technology they use doesn’t exist. Yet.

Watch out Casey. One day, your lies will catch up to you and so will technology. (Yes, I know about the double-jeopardy rule, but I’m guessing she’ll be found guilty of something else). Even if you get away with it here on earth, God will be your Judge and He knows what really happened.

It’s sickening to think that Casey is free. Free to re-invent herself. Perhaps publish a book. I truly hope that doesn’t happen. No self-respecting publisher should agree to that and no one should buy even one book. I know I never will and I promise to boycott the store that tries to sell that book.


I pray for the true victim here: Caylee. May you rest in peace, little angel. I know God is holding you in His heavenly arms and He will always love you.


Posted by on July 6, 2011 in kids, news, TV


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4 responses to “R.I.P. Caylee

  1. Alex Diaz-Granados

    July 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Unfortunately, Maggie, the way the media covered this trial, especially HLN’s Nancy Grace, basically set up the public reaction to the jury’s verdict. On Grace’s show, for instance, the presentation of the case was, to say the least, overly simplistic, overtly one-sided and did not really give any legally balanced analysis that would have at least prepared Grace’s fans for an acquital based on the circumstancial evidence the jury had at its disposal.

  2. F. Willoughby

    August 4, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Caylee’s death was a tragic case, and although Casey was released, there is no doubt she will have a heavy burden on her shoulder for the rest of her life. It really makes one think hard as a parent about your responsibility to your children. There are many different types of negligence and I firmly believe that not telling your child you love them every single day is a form of negligence. That being said, it’s sad to see just how many parents neglect doing that one simple gesture for their child.

    • Maggie Wunderlich

      August 5, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Hi Fred – I agree with you. This case also brought to light how children are vulnerable and at the mercy of their parents. So sad that some parents aren’t worthy of their roles as parents.

      • F. Willoughby

        August 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        As an educator, it baffles me to see just how ignorant and unworthy parents are. It is painful to me to see parents put barely any effort into feeding their kids properly. Or create such an unsettling environment at home that children don’t even feel safe in that place they are supposed to call home. What’s worse is when parents are unable to take a step back when their child is acting up and wonder, “Why? What is bothering them? Am I part of the problem?” As you said to me in another comment, parenting is a learning process which means the parent is never always correct. A true test of maturity, to me, is when a parent is able to look critically at his or herself and realize that just because they are an adult does not mean they always know better. There is a lot you can learn from children. I’ve been teaching for years and I never stop learning from my students.

        I look forward to the parent/child article from you. 🙂


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