Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Casey Anthony

In just a few short hours since the jury came back with a "Not Guilty" verdict, I have seen numerous outcries from around the world about how a woman has gotten away with murder. People yelling and screaming about Justice for Caylee. What I haven't seen disturbs me even more than a not guilty verdict.
I haven't seen people standing up for the child in the grocery store who is being belittled, yanked around, threatened, or even physically hurt. I haven't seen anyone walk up and pinch a woman as hard as she is pinching her infant child who is howling in pain. I haven't seen anyone step up and interfere. With all this technology available to us, I haven't seen anyone pull out a phone and call the police to report abuse. 
It usually takes SEVERE abuse in public before someone bothers to report it. I can guarantee that Casey Anthony did SOMETHING at some point that made people shake their heads and comment about how she took care of her child. However, did anyone step in and DO anything? No. 
A child died. Whether it was at the hands of Casey Anthony, or a murderer yet to be caught, a little girl has been killed. In my opinion, it could have and should have been prevented. No, there's not justice for Caylee yet. Hopefully there will be one day. But while you're crying and whining about how our legal system failed yet again, think about yourself. Think about how many times in your life you've bit your tongue. How many times you've turned a blind eye. 
It is better to show concern and act than to turn your head and feel guilty later. 
Now, am I saying to start calling Child Protective Services every time a parent disciplines a child? Absolutely not. But think about this: That woman who just slapped the hell out of her child hard enough to leave a red mark across his face in public is probably doing a lot worse in the privacy of her own home. 
The parents of the toddler who is running around outside unsupervised and getting into the middle of the road are probably not watching the child very well at any other time either. 
Casey Anthony wasn't convicted. There is NOTHING that we can do about it now. Not legally. What we can do, is watch out for the kids all around us that are being abused. 
If you don't want to make a phone call, fine. Donate your time, money, unwanted cell phones, clothes, toys, household items to a domestic violence shelter. Or to a group home or orphanage. Help the kids who got out. 
But please, stop yelling about how horrible everything is if you are not willing to make a change yourself. 
Someone knows what happened to poor Caylee. Someone suspected something. Yet everyone kept their mouths shut until it was too late. Don't be that person. Don't let another child go to his/her grave because you couldn't be bothered to stand up for them. 
Be a voice for those that can't speak for themselves.

Edit* I was not able to fully follow the trial since the UK television channels that I get did not have trial coverage. I only know what I was able to view in online newpapers. While I think Casey is a vile human being and should have been convicted of at least hiding a corpse, or an accessory after the fact, I don't know the evidence. I will choose to believe that the jurors did what they could. Remember, it only takes 1 jury member to disagree with a verdict for it to not be able to go through. I will not get mad at members of the jury for their decision. As far as I am concerned, Caylee's death/murder is still unsolved and the investigation needs to be reopened. 


  1. Cayse is a Liar proven and convicted in a court of law. No proof was offered about facts involved with what actually happened to Caylee. Proving Casey as a liar does not prove her as a murderer. People saying the jury failed are idiots. A jury is the beginning and ending of our justice system. The police, and the prosecution failed by seeking over the top charges. The charges where not based on facts but emotion. You can almost feel the indignation of police and prosecutes that someone would dare to lie to them. That indignation and contempt directed at the defendant is what torpedoed justice in this case.

  2. I tend to agree with you. However, like I said, I never got the chance to see the forensic evidence, if any was submitted. I know it's been emotional, and I have no idea if she is guilty or not. Being a liar doesn't make you a murderer. But I refuse to say she's innocent either. All I know is that Caylee still doesn't have justice and neither do so many other children who need someone to notice their situation.

  3. As person that has been working with kids for twenty three years I thank you for this post.

  4. You're welcome. I was one of the abused kids. Luckily, I got out, but so many don't.