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Did Casey Anthony Copy Drowning Defense From Another Inmate?

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Jun. 21 2011, Published 4:15 a.m. ET

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It could be a case of copy cat for Casey Anthony after prosecutors revealed Tuesday that they are investigating whether her story was stolen from another inmate.

The 25-year-old is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee after her remains were found in woods near her family home in Florida.

Casey’s attorney Jose Baez claims Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Casey's father, George Anthony,  helped her dispose of the body and cover up the accident.

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But Assistant State Attorney, Linda Drane Burdick told Judge Perry that they are looking into whether Casey stole her story from another inmate who was being held at the Orange County Jail at the same time.

April Whelan's, 15-month-old son drowned on Christmas Day in 2007 when he fell into the pool at their home.

She was housed with Casey for five days and while they are not believed to have had any contact prosecutors think she may have overheard Whelan's story when they were in jail together.

Jose Baez

Casey is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of lying to law enforcement. She could face the death penalty if found guilty. is live streaming from inside the courtroom during every day of proceedings.


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