Examiner: Heart-shaped adhesive found on tape covering Caylee's mouth
Casey Anthony looks on as testimony continued in her trial on Monday.
June 13th, 2011
01:38 PM ET

Examiner: Heart-shaped adhesive found on tape covering Caylee's mouth

Adhesive in the shape of a heart was found on a corner of a piece of duct tape that was covering the mouth portion of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's skeletal remains, an FBI latent print examiner testified Monday in the capital murder trial of the girl's mother, Casey Anthony.

Elizabeth Fontaine explained the find to jurors by asking them to think about when they remove an adhesive bandage from their skin and some of the adhesive remains in the shape of the bandage. Instead of a bandage, however, the outline was the shape of a heart, she said, and about the size of a dime.

Although it has not been mentioned in testimony, court documents in the case have stated that a sheet of heart-shaped stickers with some missing were found by police executing a search warrant at the Anthony home. A photograph of a page of stickers, found in a search of the home the day after Caylee's remains were found, was admitted into evidence in the trial Saturday.

A line of investigators and forensic experts have been called to the stand by prosecutors in an effort to prove their theory that Anthony, 25, killed her daughter by knocking her out with chloroform and putting duct tape over her nose and mouth. They allege the Orlando woman then put the body in black garbage bags and stored it in her trunk before dumping it in woods near her home. The skeletal remains were found in December 11, 2008. Caylee was last seen June 16, 2008, but her disappearance was not reported until July 15, 2008, after Anthony's mother demanded answers about the little girl's whereabouts.

Anthony faces seven counts in her daughter's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.  She has pleaded not guilty. Her attorneys have said Caylee was not killed but rather that she drowned in the family pool shortly after her family last reported seeing her and that Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked when they discovered the body and covered up her death. George Anthony rejected that scenario in his testimony the first week of the trial.

The trial is ahead of schedule, Orange County, Florida, Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. told jurors as they took a break for lunch. Prosecutors have one more witness to present, who will not be available until Tuesday afternoon, they said. The defense anticipated beginning its case Thursday but is trying to accelerate that process and begin Wednesday, the judge said.

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  1. raven

    Awww CSnNC, big ups to you!! This IS a fun place to get a cross-section of opinions isnt it? And like I said, Ive just been peekin in lately but Ive noticed you. I hope you have as much fun and learn as much as I do!

    June 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Hey, my first post said it wouldnt go thru so strained my brain tryina member what i wrote,now theres a twofer. sorry guys .

    June 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    And I still want a dang Kinder Egg.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sandyk

    @raven that was the first time I read anything on here about kinder eggs lol

    June 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mad View


    June 14, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Name*Sharon Kreutzer

    Has anyone ever thought that Casey was not watching Caylee and she drowned in pool and Casey panicked. Took Caylee to woods with duct tape over nose and mouth And put cotton in her ears to KEEP BUGS OUT OF HER HEAD!!?? Yes I feel she was fully aware of what happened to Caylee but was scared of what parents would think! Find her guilty of manslaughter but Not 1st degree murder.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deb

    Have these people ever thought about this? How will they feel if they get this killer set free, and then she has another innocent child and also gets tired and jealous of he or she, and that little child also turns up missing and then found dead also!! How can anyone want to set someone free when they know that person is a child killer!!!! Just thinking about what she did to Caylee makes me sick to my stomach!!!! Deb

    June 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. tish

    everyone keeps talking about their being no blood in the car but if she was duct taped or chloroformed would their be any blood?and i think its possible that maybe she used chloroform as a babysitter and maybe she accidentally overdosed her, as for the duct tape maybe she used it in case she woke up and no one would hear her cry. maybe it was an accident.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tish

    also, either way i believe she should be in jail forever

    June 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Natasha

    In my opinion, Casey is GUILTY!! Her story is changing just a little too much for me. If precious Caylee really did drown then why not call for help instead of taping the babys mouth and leaving her out in a field?? Doesnt make any sense. If it truly were an accident then it would have been just that, AN ACCIDENT. Sad to see her throw her own family under the bus just to save herself. If Caylee were really with her babysitter then wouldnt she have her backpack and doll with her?? And as for her claim that the nanny held her down and took Caylee–PURE BULL CRAP!! I dont have a ny kids but i know if someone were trying to take my child from me without a weapon I'm going to fight with all my might. How can she hold you down AND take Caylee at the same time?? Give it up CASEY, your guilty. Stop spending tax payers dollars on this and PUT HER BUTT IN JAIL!!

    June 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pam

    i think the prosicutions objections and delays are because they are getting worried that they might not win this case. the testimony from the deffence medical examiner was great. he made a lot of sence to me. i really don't think she did it. the state went after her from day one. never looked into anyone else.i don't understand her ways but i think she is innocent of killing her child. the state has a lot of evidence, but it does not prove she did it. i hope there is at least a few other jurors that think the way i do.as the deffence lawyers bring in each witness i think the state will be more worried each day. i don't see how you can give her death if thre is nothing to tie the evidence to casey. anyone in the family had access to all that stuff. even her father.

    June 21, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. cant fix stupid

    Come on.....the spoiled little rich girls, whose daddy and mommy wiped her ass everytime she crapped finally got caught in her web of deceit. She did it! If not, why the need to tell so many lies. I feel sorry for her mother, she appears to be the only one that has a brain in this whole family. Father and Brother I think knew all about it and covered for her. They cant seem to get their stories striaght either. First their on Caseys side then their not. IF this was you or I we would have fried by now. Do her away. One less ignorant (its all about me) individual on the face of the earth.

    June 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
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