Archive for Saturday, August 30, 2008

Charges return missing girl’s mom to jail

August 30, 2008

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— Investigators took Casey Anthony - the mother of missing 3-year-old Caylee Marie - back into custody Friday night as people gathered outside her home jeered, calling her a murderer and baby killer.

Orange County, Fla., sheriff's officials say the latest arrest stems from $746.87 in checks a friend accused her of stealing in July - not the disappearance of her daughter.

The charges, however, apparently are related to one check written to Target for $111.01.

The 22-year-old mother showed little emotion as she walked out of her parents' east Orange County home with her wrists handcuffed behind her back and was placed in the front seat of an unmarked patrol car.

Anthony was released last week after a bounty hunter from California helped post her $500,200 bail.

The allegations of stealing checks were first mentioned when Anthony was arrested on July 16 on charges of child neglect and filing a false statement to law enforcement.

Her friend, Amy Huizenga, 24, filed the complaint with Orlando police after she found checks missing from her car, which she had loaned to Anthony.

Detectives say Anthony stole checks and cashed five of them - three for purchases at Target, one for groceries at Winn-Dixie and one for $250 in cash.

She was being held Friday night on charges of uttering a forged instrument, fraudulent use of personal information and petty theft. Bail was set at $3,000.

Orange County sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves said there is no significance to the timing of the fraud charges. Detectives simply finished investigating the case.

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