Cindy Anthony: Caylee Couldn't Reach Pool
Emotional grandmother casts doubt on defense claims
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2011 2:39 PM CDT
Cindy and George Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, exit the Orange County court room on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)
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(Newser) – Casey Anthony's mother had an emotional day on the witness stand today, crying throughout her testimony and at one point asking the judge to remove a photo of Caylee from her view, reports ABC News. She recounted the lies her daughter told to explain the girl's disappearance, with Casey sometimes claiming the girl was with a (nonexistent) nanny or with Casey at her (nonexistent) job.

Cindy Anthony also testified that Caylee could not have reached a back-yard pool on her own and that she always removed a ladder the girl used when they were done swimming, note the Orlando Sentinel and AP. (That could shoot a hole in the defense team's claims that Caylee drowned in the pool.) One of Casey Anthony's ex-boyfriends also testified today, and he detailed texts he received from her. "If they don't find her guess who gets blamed and spends eternity in jail?" read one.