R.I.P Caylee

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via people.com courtesy Orange County's Sheriff's Office

I’ve said nothing. I avoided the topic completely. I turned my head or the channel whenever it came on TV. The Casey Anthony trial is impossible to avoid now. I don’t know if I wanted to pretend it didn’t exist. I don’t think that’s it. I think I just knew that I couldn’t handle knowing the details.

It hurts me to hear of anything happening to a child. As simple as a child falling and scraping their knee hurts me. When I hear of stories of abuse I am almost physically sickened. It makes it especially hard when those kids are around the same age as my child. Toddlers, pre-school age kids and younger are the epitome of innocence. I see that more than ever now that I am a mom. I can’t stand to hear people take advantage of that innocence or to have the innocence of that life snuffed out. For these reasons, I knew I couldn’t follow closely the coverage of the Casey Anthony trial.

I don’t know who killed Caylee Anthony. I know that overwhelmingly it seemed as if her mother was guilty. I didn’t follow the trial enough to know why she was found not guilty. Based on the few things I do know, there must have been some incredible holes in the case for her to get off. The verdict came out while I was at work. I knew it was coming down and avoided the television. My friend came over to my desk outraged at what she’d just heard. Not. Guilty. For some reason, those two words prompted me to break my silence on this case.

All I could think about is guilty or not guilty Caylee Anthony is still dead. She’s still gone. Someone took her young life and no one is paying for it. No one is going to jail for it. No one is being punished. Unfair doesn’t begin to describe how this feels. It’s beyond that. I don’t know if the word exists to describe how it feels. I know that who ever killed that little girl will pay. No one can get away with something so horrible and not pay. It may be that they are haunted for the rest of their lives; it may be that the end up going to jail later for something totally different or it may be that judgment day provides true vengeance. I don’t know how judgment will be delivered; I just know that it will happen. It has too. That’s all I have to hold on to.

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28 Responses to R.I.P Caylee
  1. Minivan Mama
    July 6, 2011 | 9:41 am

    I didn’t really follow the trial either but was also in shock and upset by the verdict. I hope if the mother was truly not guilty that she go on a life long quest to find the answer.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:08 am

      one can only hope, right?

  2. Vikki
    July 6, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Don’t hold onto it at all.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:09 am

      i have to Vikki!

  3. Elena
    July 6, 2011 | 10:51 am

    I wasn’t following it that closely for the same reasons but I did see the verdict yesterday and it was just horrifying.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:09 am

      could not believe it!

  4. A Mommy in the City
    July 6, 2011 | 11:37 am

    I think as mothers we were naturally upset when we saw this story. I am certain that justice will be served for that little girl. We may not see it with our eyes, but Caysee’s judgement day is coming

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:09 am

      i agree. judgement day is coming…one day!

  5. Lauren-paintsandplaydough
    July 6, 2011 | 11:50 am

    I couldn’t watch the trial either because it just made me sick to my stomach. Hearing the verdict yesterday made me feel conflicted since the little I did hear seemed to point overwhelmingly towards the mom. I had to give my little guy even more hugs and kisses than usual…

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:10 am

      i know! i kept the kisses and hugs going over here too!

  6. Barbara
    July 6, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    That is the biggest tragedy of all, that there will be no justice for that poor innocent little girl. It makes me so sick to think that anyone could harm a child. It truly just makes me sick to think about it! All I can do is hug my little one a little tighter!

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:10 am

      the whole thing is just unbelievable.

  7. Shell
    July 6, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    I did try to avoid it and only know a little about it… but it’s still so heartbreaking.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:11 am

      i guess we could only avoid it for so long.

  8. angela
    July 6, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    I didn’t follow it either; it made me too upset. The verdict saddened me, but I know that the legal system can and is manipulated all the time. It made me upset to hear someone on tv talk about this being “the best justice system in the world, and justice was served today.” Maybe it was, for the accused, but I know that poor Caylee didn’t see “justice”. 🙁

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:11 am

      sometimes the legal system sucks.

  9. elizabeth-flourishinprogress
    July 6, 2011 | 6:41 pm

    i couldn’t bear to watch coverage of the trail. i found it disturbing. i thought, FOR SURE, the mom would be convicted. yesterday, as i was spending the day with my husband and daughter, i heard about the verdict. i am so floored right now. it’s such a travesty.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:11 am

      a travesty indeed.

  10. Debbie McCormick
    July 6, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    I think every mother is sickening right now. I know I am. I’m angry, saddened, and feel such a sick feeling that this happened. Personally I think Casey is guilty as sin. She knows what happened to her little girl and shame on her for not coming clean no matter what it was. She is a sad excuse for a mother.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:12 am

      i agree. and then to hear that the lawyers went out for drinks afterward – sick

  11. Natalie
    July 6, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    Sounds like a lot of us mommies did avoid coverage due to how we knew it would make use feel. Why would anyone want to hurt an innocent child? So horrible!

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:17 am

      you’re right. nobody wanted to hear the details i’m sure. horrible!

  12. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm
    July 7, 2011 | 4:33 am

    I haven’t followed the trial at all. we don’t have tv. But it seems like this sort of thing happens way too easily – with cases never being solved and people going unpunished.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:18 am

      you’re right. it seems like people get off too easily way too often.

  13. Jessica
    July 7, 2011 | 7:47 am

    I didn’t follow the trial because as you said things that happen to children make me sick. I believe in karma and justice so at some point whoever did this will pay for what they did.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:18 am

      i completely agree Jessica

  14. Cari
    July 7, 2011 | 8:24 pm

    Amen. A child is dead, and we’ll probably never know why. I too couldn’t watch the trial, but did watch a majority of closing arguments and Judge addressing the jury.

    Since the verdict, I’ve watched nothing. I get all my info from Twitter and my sister:) Even if Casey didn’t kill her daughter, there were some major wrong doings that I felt went unaccounted for.

    My days are numbered until I blog on this too.

    • Cam
      July 8, 2011 | 9:19 am

      it’s almost impossible not to talk about. my outrage compelled me to write.

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