State: Anthony Responsible for Caylee's Death
Mother failed to protect child, DCF reports finds
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2011 1:35 AM CDT
Updated Aug 12, 2011 3:30 AM CDT
This photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.   (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Office)
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(Newser) – Casey Anthony is responsible for the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, according to Florida's Department of Children and Families. The report—the first to blame Anthony for her daughter's death—states that the young mother "failed to protect her child from harm either through her actions or lack of actions, which tragically resulted in the child's untimely death," the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Department investigators verified three accusations classed as "maltreatments" of Caylee: death, failure to protect, and threatened harm. But investigators could not verify allegations of two more "maltreatments"—asphyxiation and physical injury—because medical examiners were unable to confirm the cause of Caylee's death, which Anthony said was due to accidental drowning. Anthony was cleared of murder and aggravated child abuse charges last month, and the sheriff's office will not be taking any additional action against her as a result of the report.