Months before Caylee Anthony disappeared in 2008, someone logged into the family computer and searched the Internet for the word “chloroform.”
According to detective Sandra Osborne, a computer examiner for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Internet searches for chloroform appeared in deleted space on the hard drive of the family laptop.
“I was able to look at it, and recognized immediately that it was an Internet search,” Osborne testified. Prosecutors have alleged that the chemical was found in the trunk of Anthony’s car after Caylee’s death.
As jurors scribbled notes, Osborne explained that the Anthony family computer had four and a half years of Internet history. Documents released by the court last year also showed searches for “neck breaking” and “how to make chloroform.”
“There could be multiple users,” defense attorney Jose Baez asked Osborne during cross-examination. “Is that correct?”
“Yes, that is correct,” answered Osborne.
“As far as we know, someone could enter their password, walk away, and someone else could use it,” Baez said. “Is that correct?”
“Yes, that is correct,” Osborne replied again.
Osborne testified that she also searched the computer of Anthony’s ex-boyfriend, Ricardo Morales.
“I was asked to find a picture of Caylee in a pink shirt,” she testified. She found two pictures of the 2-year-old wearing a pink shirt with the phrase “Big Trouble Comes in Small Packages.”
A shirt identical to the one in the pictures was found with Caylee’s remains, thus establishing – the prosecution hopes – that the found shirt did, in fact, belong to the little girl.