The Casey Anthony trial has been full of bombshells and dramatic moments, but the scene got even more intense on Tuesday morning when Cindy Anthony took the stand.
The 52-year-old grandmother, who is clearly still mourning the loss of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, struggled to maintain her composure throughout the morning.
Her voice cracking, Cindy testified about the foul smell in Casey’s white Pontiac Sunfire. “I said it smelled like something died in the car,” she testified, before tearfully recounting how she took Caylee’s doll out of the car and wiped it with a Clorox wipe.
“Casey’s purse was on the front seat and Caylee’s baby doll, her favorite doll was in the car seat like it was sitting where Caylee would have sat,” Cindy said. “Caylee’s doll smelled like the car so I took it out … I sat the doll down and I went and got a Clorox wipe and I wiped the face and hands. The body was soft and so it smelled pretty bad … I sprayed Febreze all through the car thinking that might help the odor … I used pretty much a whole can of Febreze.”
Cindy also testified that she overheard daughter Casey telling her brother that Caylee had been missing for 31 days. “I lost it,” she testified. “I just went into the room and yelled at Casey, ‘What do you mean she’s been gone? Why didn’t you tell us?’ ”
Courtroom in Tears During 911 Tape
But the drama was just beginning. The prosecution played the infamous 911 tape from July 2008, in which Cindy is heard telling the dispatcher: “There’s something wrong. I found my daughter’s car today and it smells like there has been a dead body in the damn car.”
As she listened to the recording, Cindy began shaking and sobbing, and doubled over. When it was done, she asked the judge for a five-minute break.
The recording also sent shock waves through the hushed courtroom. Several onlookers in the balcony wiped their eyes with tissues. Riveted jurors read the transcript of the call as it played, periodically looking up to watch the distraught grandmother weeping. Several of them looked over at Casey Anthony, who sat emotionless by her attorneys.
BY STEVE HELLING