Whatever Happened to Casey Anthony?

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It was 2008 when Caylee Anthony, a two-year-old little girl who lived in Orlando, went missing. Her mother, Casey Anthony, didn’t report her daughter’s disappearance to the police for 31 days. It was only after her grandmother, Cindy, made a call to police to alert them that her disappearance was discovered. She was concerned there was something wrong, after she hadn’t seen Caylee in weeks.

Casey Anthony was accused of first-degree murder and the case caught national attention. But in a shocking turn, she was eventually found not guilty on the charges. Now, over ten years since the original case transfixed the US, what is Anthony — the woman many suspect got away with murder — doing now?

The Verdict and Sentencing

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On July 5, 2011, the jury handed down their verdict. Due to the lack of physical evidence and the lack of clarity on the part of the prosecution, the jurors found Anthony not guilty on the charges of murder.

In the end, Anthony was only sentenced to four years in prison, one for each charge of lying to investigators. Those charges were the only ones she was found guilty of. Had she been found guilty of murder, she may have spent her life in jail.

Ten Years Pass

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Casey Anthony largely shrunk away from the spotlight, offering scant interviews and barely appearing in the public eye. Due to the high-profile nature of her case and the recognizability of her face, it’s unsurprising she would want to keep a low profile.

Anthony Now Lives in South Florida

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Casey Anthony, who is now 35, lives in South Florida. She actually lives in the home of Patrick McKenna, a private investigator who led her defense team’s investigations. She works for him, doing online searches and other investigative work.

Despite living with McKenna, Anthony insists the two aren’t romantically linked. She is, however, trying to date again, though her recognizability makes this a bit difficult.

Anthony Family Struggles

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According to some sources, Anthony hasn’t been very close with her parents following the bombshells dropped during the trial. Her relative lack of concern over her daughter’s well-being, as well as her father’s affair, were both revealed during the trial, and in the years since, Casey has had little contact with her parents. Her parents have spoken to the public, though, as they have appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Phil.

Getting Away With Murder?

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It’s unclear what happened to Caylee Anthony. While Casey Anthony was found not guilty, many people are convinced she knows more about what happened than she’s letting on. Whether Caylee’s death was an accident that Casey covered up, a murder committed in cold blood, or something else entirely, we will likely never know.