April 7, 2010

Inmates: Mom said she 'knocked out' Caylee with drugs

Posted: 07:30 PM ET

(CNN) - A woman who befriended Casey Anthony in jail told investigators that Anthony confided she would "knock out" her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, so she could go out at night while the child slept, according to a police report.

The inmate, identified in the document as Maya Derkovic, of Ocala, Florida, told police in a jailhouse interview that she used to talk with Anthony through the jail's ventilation system. She said Anthony told her she regretted having a child so early in life, and gave three different versions of the events surrounding Caylee's disappearance.

Another inmate, Robyn Adams, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, told investigators that Anthony said she used chloroform on Caylee to help the child sleep, the police report said. The mention of chloroform is significant because investigators found evidence consistent with human decomposition and traces of chloroform in the trunk of a car that belonged to Casey Anthony after Caylee disappeared in June 2008.

Caylee's body was found six months later, in a trash bag and wrapped in a blanket in a vacant lot near the home of Anthony's parents.

Hundreds of pages of jailhouse letters and investigative documents released Tuesday afternoon provide a glimpse into the mind of a young woman who seemed to have a darting attention span and who found Jesus in jail, wrote about a troubled relationship with her family and dreamed of what life would be like when she went free.

They'd go on RV vacations, Anthony wrote Adams in a letter dating from 2008, when the two were being held at the Orange County jail in Orlando, Florida. She'd dye her hair red or blonde so nobody would recognize her. She'd write a book, maybe turn it into a movie.


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AlphaPoe1   April 7th, 2010 7:42 pm ET

It's so clear that Casey killed her daughter. She never mourned for her daughter, and was the only one with a motive, her freedom. Her conduct after the child was missing makes this obvious.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 7th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

LKL..more junk journalism. What is going on with CNN? Now your taking jail house snitches commentary and sensationalizing it. Where will it end with you? When your rated side by side with NBC? With your moderator's deleting comment's such as this, and your reporting on such insignificant
events, when there is plenty of news worthy situations and noteworthy commentary all around you, your demise is sadly predictable. If your trying to regain market share lost to Fox Pundits, do it with respectable efforts. In the long run you will come out ahead and back at the top in ratings.

Triny   April 7th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

This doesn't shock me whatsoever. This woman killed an innocent child and deserves to fry!

A. Smith, Oregon   April 8th, 2010 12:33 am ET

What is no surprise are inmates stating whatever they can to lessen their own sentences even if it's a complete fabrication. It is a time old chestnut played by jailers, prosecutors and inmates.

More often than not, the more sensational the inmates story's are, the more untruthful those story's and fabrications are.

jack   April 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

I am not sure what has happened to the criminal justice system in America. This Anthony case has dragged on for ages. Why does our taxes go to paying for such extended investigations and trials? When one reads about famous cases of the past, they never dragged the process on this long. If they just go for life imprisonment, instead of death penalty, and not bring in every expert under the sun in a case that seems to have overwhealming circumstantial evidence, they could get on with it. Florida's sunshine law, while comendable insofar as transparency for the public, is also being taken advantage of by an insatiable media in this seemingly endless investigation. Also, jailhouse snitches are very often unreliable. The letters and comments could have been introduced at trial. Now ,that there has been so much media attention to the case, how will they find an impartial jury?

MzNomerNAzona   April 8th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Oh lawdy lawdy....from the sounds of this most recent report why bother trying this woman in a court of law. The media has already provided the evidence and the public has already convicted her. Good thing she is in jail otherwise someone would probably stone her to death. Makes me sick.

Linda   April 8th, 2010 4:38 am ET

Come now CAJAZZ didnt anyone ever tell You NEVER use the words FOX PUNDITS and Respectable in same sentence it could be toxic!!!
as for the tales coming from jail house snitches, they have over 200 pages in casey's own hand, the Prosecution has no need of the "SNITCHES" casey like all the members of the "my IQ is rated by a single digit" never learned to keep her mouth shut and her pen down. Personally I hope she doesnt get the death penalty ...i want her in general population for sixty plus years with a different twisted sister cell mate each month ... not pampered on death row till someone commutes her sentence.

Joann Summerlin   April 8th, 2010 6:52 am ET

At least two inmates have reported that suspected killer Casey Anthony told them she would occasionally drug her daughter to sleep so that she could go out for the evening with friends. STOP WASTING TAXPAYERS MONEY. GIVE HER THE SAME DRUG.

Hugh in California   April 8th, 2010 12:50 pm ET

Whether or not Casey Anthony willfully or accidentally killed her own daughter is a question for a jury to decide. Either way, this woman appears to be a terrible mother for jeopardizing her own daughter's life! Who would drug their own child so they could go out partying? The woman obviously has a severe mental problem by choosing such irresponsible disgusting behavior against a child.

Because Casey Anthony will have so many appeals if convicted, those who want her to "fry" better have lots of patience. With the court sytems we have this could go on for decades. This may never happen; her lawyers may choose to change to the insanity plea to avoid a death sentence and she could end up spending the rest of her life in a mental institution. The only real tragedy in any of this is the senseless death of little Caylee Anthony.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 8th, 2010 1:41 pm ET


I agree with your assessment regarding my writing skills, it certainly leaves a lot to be desired. My point was to give notice to CNN, who as it appears had written the article, that their level of journalism has sunk to standards a one-horse home town newspaper would rise above. I am not suggesting a First Amendment restriction, just common sense on their behalf.

I have my opinions of the accused, but since she is already incarcerated awaiting trial, it only seems reasonable for the adjudication process to proceed unabated by junk journalism. There has been many cases that were prejudiced by this type of commentary and the system isn't supposed to work that way.

If she is found guilty through a preponderance of evidence, her own self betrayals included, then we can be somewhat comforted that her daughter's murder was somehow compensated. No winners in crimes of this nature and CNN shouldn't seek any notoriety in the news world because of it. Fair and accurate reporting on a fair trial is fair enough for me. Anything beyond that is tabloid trash.

Thanks for your evaluation of my writing skills, I may go back to the basics and re-learn what I never really cared for in grammar school. Now I see why they called it that...

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 8th, 2010 6:23 pm ET

And so many people think that Abortion is a human right.

And that if you don’t belong to the Party of Liberal Progressive Immorality, that you are a mean selfish person who doesn’t care about
equality, freedom and other people's rights.

mongo1313   April 11th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

Hello People... newbie here to this forum, and I am fascinated with the intelligent comments made by all.
I will read more of course, but I am also fascinated with Casey Anthony's case and how she is still holding on to the "poor me" syndrome. I haven't heard anyone say narcissist yet... Cheers.

aaron   April 18th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

what is wrong with people in the u.s. they just dont care about children anymore who ever kills a child should be killed the same way they killed the child like caylee anthony case her mom should be killed the same way she killed her two year old daughter

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