‘First, we know from observational studies, from experience, that it is a red flag that when a child is not reported immediately to authorities…that is something we look for for foul play. This child, from history, was not reported for a long time. The other thing that makes it a homicide is that the body was hidden; a child’s body is thrown out, hidden in a field. We know that is one of the things we look for when we are looking for homicide.
Also it’s often found that these bodies are in, not always, but closed containers, a suitcase or a plastic bag, like this child was. That again, is from our experience from observational, systematic studies, a red flag for homicide. And the last, besides the delay, besides being found in a field, decomposed, would be the duct tape, somewhere located on the lower half of the face. There is no child that should have duct tape on its face when it dies.’
-Chief Medical Examiner Dr Jan Garavaglia testifies at the trial of Casey Anthony, accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Despite a mountain of evidence against her, in 2011 Casey was found not guilty of murder.