A report by Florida’s child welfare agency says Casey Anthony failed to protect her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, which ultimately resulted in her tragic death.
However, Anthony will not face additional charges as a result of Thursday’s report.
The report noted that Anthony failed to protect Caylee by not reporting her disappearance in 2008 for more than a month, and that failure interfered with the law enforcement investigation and efforts to find her. The Department of Children and Families also concluded that Caylee died as a result of abuse or neglect.
“The inactions by the mother were clearly failure to protect. As the child was found dead, obviously the failure to protect led to the death,” DCF spokesman Joe Follick said.
Anthony was acquitted in her daughter’s death last month and was released from prison. Last week, a judge ordered her to return to Florida to serve probation on unrelated check fraud charges, but her lawyers appealed and another judge is expected to rule this week whether Anthony must follow that order.
The child welfare agency’s investigation was independent of the criminal investigation – and Anthony won’t be facing additional charges either.