Anthony's Mom: I Googled Chloroform
Cindy Anthony says she looked up the word, not her daughter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 23, 2011 3:53 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The testimony of Casey Anthony's mother today produced what the Orlando Sentinel calls a "stunning revelation": Cindy Anthony said it was she, not her daughter, who searched the term “chloroform” on the family computer. (She said it was an innocent search related to a hunt for information about chlorophyll and her bamboo plants, notes CNN.) She also searched for trauma- and injury-related terms and said a stain in Casey Anthony’s trunk was there when they bought the car. Prosecutors have proposed that the stain came from Caylee’s body.

The computer searches occurred at a time when Cindy’s timecard said she was at work—but actually, “I went home early a couple of days," Cindy Anthony told a prosecutor. "I didn't look up how to make chloroform. I looked up chloroform." She said she researched information about certain chemicals because of a scare about hand sanitizers and traumatic injuries because a friend had been hurt in a car accident. But she didn’t look up “household weapons” or “neck breaking,” searches that have been attributed to her daughter.