Casey Anthony has been acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee and will be out of jail in days. But she isn’t free and clear of legal issues.
A search and rescue group has filed a civil suit against Casey Anthony. They want to recover the money the organization spent trying to find her daughter in 2008.
As Ed Payne from CNN.com reports, the suit by Texas EquuSearch (TES) alleges the search organization spent over $112,000 and coordinated more than 4,200 volunteers in an unnecessary attempt to locate Caylee for months after her mother knew the two-year-old girl was dead.
“Casey Anthony made ongoing misrepresentations to TES and its founder Tim Miller, and failed to correct materially false information provided to Mr. Miller in order to convince TES, its staff and volunteers to engage in extensive, costly and time-consuming searches for Caylee,” the lawsuit says.
Defense lawyers argued that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s backyard pool and that Casey Anthony and her father tried to cover up the death. George Anthony denies the story. Nonetheless, the lawsuit says that, as the defense lawyers told it, Casey Anthony knew her daughter was dead yet let their organization pay thousands and thousands of dollars to look for the toddler.
The suit asks for compensatory damages of $115,000, plus interest and attorneys’ fees.
Caylee’s remains weren’t found until December 2008, six months after she was last seen alive.
Casey Anthony, 25, is set to be released Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence. She was convicted of lying to police during the investigation into Caylee’s disappearance.