Friday, January 28, 2011
Evidence: Pen Pal Reveals Details In Casey Case
Anthony Arrest Affidavit (PDF) Posted: 5:59 pm EST January 27, 2011
Updated: 2:15 pm EST January 28, 2011
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The state released more evidence in the case against Casey Anthony Friday. Prosecutors released an interview that Casey Anthony's jailhouse pen pal, Robyn Adams, had with detectives on February 12, 2010.
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Adams and Casey exchanged letters while she was in the Orange County jail before she was convicted on drug charges and sent to federal prison. Adams told detectives in the interview that Casey told her she was abused.
Adams told investigators that Casey claimed to have been abused when she was younger, at the hands of her brother and father.
Adams saved her letters and shipped them to a friend on the outside. Adams, a convicted drug dealer, and currently in state prison, told investigators about how she built up a friendship with Casey. They traded letters by stuffing them in books inside the jail.
Adams painted the picture of Casey as someone upset with her family.
"I think I was just the one that was there. She didn't have anybody else. She felt like even her family turned on her," Adams told detectives.
Adams told investigators Casey felt betrayed by her mother, Cindy Anthony, who was doing talk shows, instead of going to her court hearings. She said Casey opened up about her childhood, sometimes in conversation, but mostly in letters.
When asked about sexual abuse, Adams told investigators Casey claimed she suffered the abuse at the hands of family members when she was young.
"She was younger, as if she went through a lot with her brother, a lot with her dad," Adams said.
As for the mystery baby sitter Zenaida Gonzales, who Casey claimed took her daughter Caylee, Adams said: "There was no Zenaida."
The investigator then asked, "Ok, did she tell you that?"
"Zenaida was a childhood friend," Adams replied.
There is also information on the internal investigation into corrections officer Silvia Hernandez. Hernandez helped Casey communicate with Robyn Adams.
SC toddler recovering after being hung by feet and beaten
Posted: Jan 26, 2011 2:03 PM EST
Updated: Jan 26, 2011 2:03 PM EST
Shakera Suncelaree Wright, 18 (Source: Cashbond)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The toddler who North Charleston police say was hanged by his ankles and beaten in November is not expected to have any long term physical effects from his injuries, according to a spokesperson with the Department of Social Services.
The child, who was injured during what his mother described as "play wrestling," is now living with family members. His mother, 18-year-old Shakera Wright, is charged with allowing bodily injury to a child.
Wright told officers that three teens started wrestling with the child and that she made them stop when the hitting got too hard.
The incident happened at an apartment in the Ashley Shores complex in North Charleston.
Also charged was Tyrek Varnes, 16, of North Charleston along with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were all charged with infliction or allowing infliction to great bodily injury to a child. Varnes was charged as an adult.
In bond court in December, investigators revealed that the boy had been strung up by his ankles and beaten. Wright told investigators the incident happened the night of Nov. 29, but she didn't seek medical attention until the following morning, according to court documents.
The felony charge carries a 20-year sentence if they are convicted, said North Charleston Police PIO Spencer Pryor.
[Listen to the 911 call. (mp3)]
According to the incident report, Wright told DSS officials and a Medical University Hospital social worker she was visiting Varnes at his Ashley Shores apartment Nov. 29. The following morning, Wright left for school leaving her child with Varnes and two of his friends.
The three teens were "play wrestling" with the victim, the report stated. She made a boxing motion with both fists and indicated they were hitting the child in the chest and stomach. Wright told the DSS official she stopped it when she thought the boys were getting too rough.
According to the affidavit, Varnes admitted that he repeatedly hit the child. He also said he punched him with a closed fist, hung him upside-down in a closet by strapping a belt around his ankles, dropped him on the ground and then lifted the infant above his head and slammed him onto a bed.
Varnes told investigators it was possible the boy hit his head on a table.
However, Wright told the victim's grandmother she didn't know how the child had sustained the injuries and speculated the baby may have fallen, the report stated.
A forensic pediatrician at Medical University Hospital also interviewed Wright before police and DSS were called. According to his report, Wright said she put her child in bed with Varnes and went to bed in an adjoining room with Varnes' twin sister Monday night.
The following morning, she said Varnes' mother woke him up and he left for school. It was then Wright noticed her child was not playful and did not look well. According to her, he "looked like he wanted to die," she told the ICU doctor.
After several attempts to make the child more alert, Wright called EMS. The doctor noted in his report that the child arrived at the ER shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday in respiratory distress.
At 11:30 a.m., the child was moved to the Intensive Care Unit where doctors noted bruising and swelling on the boy's chest, back and abdomen.
A CT scan revealed five rib fractures, air and blood in his thorax, multiple lacerations of his liver, spleen and pancreas. He was also in shock, the attending doctor stated in his report. The scans also showed the boy had fractured his skull at some point, but could not determine when that injury happened.
At that point, hospital officials called DSS and police, the report shows.
The skull fracture was corroborated by Wright's statement to police in which she said her child had been struck by Varnes when he stayed at the Ashley Shores apartment in the past.
By Kay Johnson - bio l email
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A judge on Friday increased the bond for a man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Carl Walden, 40, is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
A girl told police Walden forced her into his car at gunpoint on Freedom Drive last week and sexually assaulted her. She also says Walden told her he had been watching her at the bus stop in the mornings and liked to pick up young girls.
The girl was able to jump out of the car and call police. She described the car to police and told officers where the man stopped.
Police found the car and questioned Walden. They say he admitted to picking up the girl and asking her to have sex for money.
A motion filed in criminal court states a search of Walden's home turned up several ski masks and a collection of pornography tapes depicting "brutal rape" of women by men in ski masks.
Walden wears the ski masks for outside work as Estes Express Line.
In the closet, police found several pairs of women's underwear in a jacket pocket. In another pocket, they found a piece of paper entitled "client list" with names of women officers recognized as murder victims of serial killer Henry Lewis Wallace.
Walden claims a gun was never found during a search of his home or his car.
Prosecutors say Walden is also a person of interest in the rape of a 15-year-old in a park near Rogers Street on January 9, 2011. The girl was unable to identify her attacker because he was wearing a ski mask. Prosecutors are waiting on DNA evidence in this case.
Also filed in the motion, allegations that a 17-year-old was offered a ride home from a movie theater in April 2009 by Walden. The victim alleges that Walden took her to his home on Rogers Street and was sexually assaulted. Police say Walden told them he wanted to make out with the girl but she started to feel uncomfortable and dropped her off on Freedom Drive.
In June 2006, Walden was also accused of raping a 30-year-old woman. Walden claims the woman was a prostitute and was mad after he didn't pay her.
The defense asked for a reduction in Walden's bond claiming he's hasn't any convictions for almost 20 years.
A mother to one of Walden's children spoke up in court saying she was flabbergasted by the charges, that Walden had never shown aggression and asked for his release so he could help support her 11-year-old daughter.
If Walden is able to post his bond, the judge says he will be placed on an electronic monitoring device.
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- More evidence in the case against Casey Anthony was released Friday. WFTV is working to post the evidence as soon as possible.
COP WITH PEN PAL: Part 1 Of 4
DETECTIVE INTERVIEWS CINDY 2/8: Part 1 Part 2
Prosecutors said they will release three DVDs of information, including audio and video of interviews with some EquuSearch volunteers, along with Cindy Anthony talking to detectives.
There will also be information on the internal investigation into corrections officer Silvia Hernandez. Hernandez helped Casey communicate with inmate pen pal, Robyn Adams.