After telling a small Orlando blog that he thought Casey Anthony might have unintentionally killed her 2-year-old daughter, now-retired judge, Belvin Perry, continued to talk to the Florida media.
Perry was the judge who presided over the case in 2011, where Casey Anthony was charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Perry told the Orlando blog he thought that Casey might have unintentionally killed Caylee with chloroform.
“To me, that was the most logical thing, looking at the totality of the entire situation,” Perry told WFTV. “There was never any evidence of abuse of the daughter that was documented that was presented anywhere.”
In the summer of 2008, Anthony’s mother reported Caylee missing, after not having seen the toddler for weeks. She told the 911 dispatcher that she had found her daughter’s abandoned car “and it smelled like there’s been a dead body” in it, a statement that she later retracted, according to AB News.
At the time, Anthony had given her mother varied explanations as to where her daughter, Caylee, was at, finally admitting that she had not seen the child in weeks.
Anthony insisted that Caylee was kidnapped by a nanny on June 9. However, despite insisting that a babysitter had taken the baby, Anthony was arrested and eventually named a suspect in the case. Later that winter, Caylee’s remains were found near Anthony’s house.
Anthony continued to maintain her innocence throughout her 2011 trial, after which a jury eventually decided she was not guilty in the killing of her daughter. Anthony was only convicted of lying to the police and was released once the precedings ended.
Perry, who now works for Morgan & Morgan in central Florida, has told the Orlando Sentinel there are several theories about what happened to Caylee in 2008. According to psychiatrist Jeffrey Danziger’s deposition, Anthony told him she believed that her father had sexually abused Caylee and then drowned her as a cover-up. Meanwhile, prosecutors argued that Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape.
On Wednesday, Perry told the Orlando Sentinel and other publications, that he thought Anthony might have been trying to quiet Caylee with chloroform and accidentally gave her a fatal amount. However, Perry emphasized that his statements were just simply hypotheses.
“As I’ve expressed, the only person that really knows what happened was Casey,” Perry added.
According to People magazine, Anthony was still living in Florida, as of 2016, and now runs a photography business.