Depositions: Casey Anthony said date rape may have caused pregnancy

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  • Casey Anthony said she was victim of rape or date rape
  • Her account is mentioned in depositions released Wednesday
  • Anthony is at an undisclosed location while serving a 1-year probation sentence
Casey Anthony told a psychiatrist and a psychologist she believed she was drugged at a 2004 party and became pregnant with her daughter, Caylee, in whose death four years later she was tried and acquitted.
"Took two beers, possibly given another drug," said Dr. Jeffrey Danziger, reading notes of his conversations with Anthony, who was 18 at the time of the party. "Woke up passed out."
The psychiatrist and William A. Weitz, a psychologist, gave depositions to lawyers in early 2011, but never testified at Anthony's trial last year.
Anthony, 25, was acquitted last summer of murder charges in the 2008 death of Caylee, 2, but was convicted of four counts of lying to authorities investigating the child's disappearance. She is living at an undisclosed location in Florida while she serves a one-year probation sentence for her 2010 conviction on check fraud charges.
The depositions were released Wednesday by Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. , who presided over the murder trial. The Orlando Sentinel asked for release of the documents.
Anthony said she did not know who Caylee's father was, Weitz told attorneys in April 2011. "She felt that she was drugged and that there was a question in her mind that she may have been raped or date raped."
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The woman never considered abortion, Weitz said.
"She was going to have the child, she was going to be a responsible mother, and there were no alternatives in terms of who would parent he child," Weitz said in the deposition. "Glad that she had Caylee. She immediately had love for her child."
Weitz also described what he termed Anthony's "unemotional and detached" manner, but said that she did not fit the criteria of having mental disorders.
Casey Anthony's defense attorneys maintained that Caylee was not murdered at all. They said the child drowned in the Anthonys' above-ground pool in 2008, and that Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked upon finding her there and covered up the death. George Anthony denied that in his testimony.
Danziger described what Casey Anthony said happened the day Caylee died. She told him she couldn't find Caylee when she woke up, went out to check the pool and found her father holding Caylee's wet body.
Reading from his notes, the psychiatrist described Anthony's account: "'He was yelling at me, your fault, can't believe you did this' ... She said he came out and said, 'Daddy is going to take care of it, the same thing he used to say to me. He left the house with the child. That's the last time I saw her.'"
Defense attorneys explained Casey Anthony's behavior in the month before Caylee's disappearance was reported to police by saying that she had been sexually abused by her father from the age of 8 and had been taught to conceal her pain. According to Danziger, Anthony said the sexual abuse by her father ended when she was 11.
George Anthony denied that claim in testimony, saying, "I would never do anything like that to my daughter."
The father's attorney released a statement Wednesday after the depositions were released.
"George Anthony was made aware of these statements in the deposition prior to the trial of his daughter in 2011 and no new information has been disclosed today," attorney Mark Lippman said. "As he has repeatedly said prior to the trial, during the trial and after the trial he never molested any member of his family including Casey Anthony and he had nothing to do with the death of Caylee Marie Anthony including what happened to her remains after she allegedly drowned."