Orlando authorities say DNA tests confirm the skeletal remains recently found in the woods belong to missing toddler Caylee Anthony.

A county medical examiner said at a news conference Friday that the remains match Caylee's DNA profile, and that the death is considered a homicide.

A utility worker stumbled upon the remains last week, less than a half-mile from where the girl lived. Caylee had been missing since June.

Caylee's mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, was indicted in October on first-degree murder and other charges, even without a body. She has insisted that she left the girl with a baby sitter in June, but she didn't report her missing until July.

A search team said they did not check the wooded area sooner because it was submerged in water.

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  • by jrp Location: williamston on Dec 20, 2008 at 03:54 AM
    Put the mother on death row and torture her with her own anticipation of when she will be executed. That in itself is mental anguish. RIP Caylee.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM
    Steve...great idea about making it a death penalty offense, but.....it would only work on law abiding citizens like us who already don't commit crimes like that......criminal don't care...if they can murder then they have zero conscience. When they can take another person's life so easy, they don't care about their own. I know what they should do with these people. My daughter goes to Duke Hospital every two weeks for treatment, four hours of cadaver and mouse DNA. I say if you kill a child, the state should turn your body over to save another one!
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Dec 19, 2008 at 06:42 PM
    What is in the drinking water in Florida? They sure have a problem with child abuse and murder of young innocents in that part of the USA. It is a national disgrace and should anger all citizens of good character to hear and read about our children being treated like this. It is a moral issue that government cannot remedy because it is a terminal illness of the heart. My heart breaks to read of a child being abused or murdered. I can give you the way to stop this carnage. Make it a death penalty offense.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 19, 2008 at 04:41 PM
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    Now it is time to pay the piper, Mommie dearest. You will get what is coming to you
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Dec 19, 2008 at 12:53 PM
    I agree with you parent! I have had a stillborn and if these parents only knew what I and many others went through, it probably would make them think before they do this. Caylee is where no one can hurt her anymore and I hope that God punishes Casey for what she has done to this precious angel.
  • by grandma g Location: plymouth nc on Dec 19, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    I was very heartbroken when they said that was little Caylee's boby. I preyed that it wouldn't be her but it was. If it was an accident why didn't her mother report it to the police right then. but she went on saying that she left Caylee with her grandmother if she did then grandma would have had her even if she left her with the baby sister she would have let someone know that Caylee was alright. I pray they get to the bottom and her mother will get just what she deserves.But the worst punishment is her knowing what she did and saying a word.Her worst punishment will come when she stand before God on judgement day and he show her just what she did.
  • by parent Location: washington on Dec 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    this is so sad.i don't see how these people keep hurting their children. they're to helpless. if they went through what i did when i was pregnant they would cherish them. God is watching and they will get what they deserve.
  • by gaga Location: robersonville on Dec 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    No Trial Let her go to prison 4 LIFE!!! TAKING UP THE TAX PAYERS $$$$$$$$$ FOR NOTHING!!
  • by LC Location: Eastern NC on Dec 19, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    It has broke our hearts to hear it was Caylee.Casey is one SELFISH mother and the punishment that she needs to get is to show all the other mother and fathers that this is NOT ACCEPTABLE and you will no longer get a slap on the hand for hurting these children..
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