Casey Anthony released from jail, goes into hiding

casey-anthony-released.jpgWe know for sure that Casey Anthony was released from jail shortly after midnight Sunday (July 17). As for what's happened in the hours since then, well, your guess is as good as anyone's.

Anthony, who was acquitted of the 2008 murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, on July 5, walked out of the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., at 12:09 a.m. Sunday. Her defense lawyer Jose Baez accompanied her, and corrections officers escorted her to a waiting SUV. A crowd of about 100 onlookers, protesters and a few supporters, along with a bunch of news crews, watched her leave.

The not-guilty verdicts on the murder and aggravated child-abuse charges outraged many commentators and observers; Anthony, 25, has been the subject of lots of vitriol online. She was convicted on four counts of lying to police and sentenced to four years in jail. She had already spent about three years in jail before the trial, so with time off for good behavior she was allowed out Sunday.

The question now is where Anthony went after her release. There were reports that the SUV that picked her up took her to her attorney's office in Orlando, and others that she went to the airport and boarded a plane for Columbus, Ohio. Neither she nor Baez spoke to anyone as she left the jail.

"It is my hope that Casey Anthony can receive the counseling and treatment she needs to move forward with the rest of her life," Baez says in a statement.
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