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Recordings offer insights into Caylee case

Sept. 4, 2009 at 3:47 PM   |   Comments

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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A bounty hunter says Casey Anthony told him she was physically confronted by two women who allegedly kidnapped her daughter Caylee in Florida last year.

The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported among recordings released Friday by prosecutors was an interview with California bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who helped free Anthony on bond in August 2008.

Padilla told investigators in the recorded interview that in his final meeting with Anthony, she claimed to have been confronted by Zenaida Gonzalez in Orange County, Fla., following Caylee's disappearance in June 2008. The 2-year-old girl's body was found last December in Orlando, Fla.

"I went to Jay Blanchard Park and Zenaida and her sister Samantha were there with the kids. Zenaida held me down and said that this was payback for what I owed her. (Zenaida) handed me a list of things to say to the cops for the next 30 days," Padilla quoted Anthony as saying.

Gonzalez is the babysitter Anthony claims was with her daughter when she disappeared. Investigators are doubtful Gonzalez exists, the Sentinel said.

Also released by prosecutors Friday is a recording of an interview with one of Padilla's associates, Tracy McLaughlin, who spent time with Anthony following Caylee's disappearance.

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