Casey Anthony Trial Kicks Off with Stunning Defense Attorney Claim

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The case of Casey Anthony - a woman accused of killing her her two-year old daughter, Caylee - got underway today. And the defense attorney presented a shocking argument on behalf of his client.

Claiming that Casey lied about her child going missing in 2008, Jose Baez told the jury that Caylee "was never missing. She drowned in the family swimming pool."

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Almost three years go, the young girl's body was found just a half mile from her Orlando house. By that time, Casey, who hadn't reported Caylee's disappearance weeks, had already been arrested.

Why did Casey lie about her daughter's whereabouts, conjuring up a story about a nanny having been the last person to see Caylee alive?

Because Casey, Baez stated, had been sexually abused by her father, George. This allegedly led to her erratic behavior.

"You will hear stories about a family that is incredibly dysfunctional, you will hear about ugly things, secret things, things that people don't speak about," Baez said today in court, speaking the one truth we can all sadly agree on.

George Anthony, who the defense says helped dispose of his granddaughter's corpse, was later called to the stand and denied any history of sexual abuse.

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