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Anthony (not) Adverse


Claim:   Casey Anthony has adopted a baby girl from Romania and/or is pregnant with twins.

FALSE

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, October 2011]

ORLANDO, FL — Casey Anthony’s attorney confirmed today that Casey Anthony has adopted a baby girl from Romania.

Orange County authorities confirmed that Casey Anthony applied to adopt a baby girl (2 years old) from Eastern Europe in early 2010. She was accepted by the Romanian government — pending the conclusion of her trial.

[Rest of article here.]
 

Origins:   In December 2008, two-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony was reported missing from her Orlando, Florida, home. Suspicion fell upon her 22-year-old mother, Casey Anthony, who in the aftermath of her daughter's disappearance gave conflicting statements to police.

The child's remains were discovered in December 2008 in a wooded area near the family residence. Casey Anthony was arrested and tried for the toddler's murder, and in July 2011, in a case that captivated the nation, she was found not guilty. Anthony is currently serving out her probation (she was convicted on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer) in an undisclosed location in Florida.

Many believe the accused got away with murder. The notion, therefore, that someone like Casey Anthony would again look to become a mother (thereby placing yet another child at risk) is unconscionable.

It is upon this sense of revulsion that the Weekly World News item cited above plays.
Its 16 November 2011 article, entitled "Casey Anthony Adopts a Baby," contains this especially horrifying nugget: "Casey Anthony wants to prove to the world that she is a good mother and told corrections officers in the Orange County Jail that she plans on adopting 3-4 babies and having 3-4 of her own."

Mercifully, the story is not real. There is no at-risk Romanian child on the brink of being handed over to the suspected child killer. The Weekly World News (WWN) web site is the online successor to the popular entertainment tabloid of the same name. Its stock in trade is fantastically fictional headlines stories such as "Alien Spaceships to Attack Earth in 2011" and "George Clooney Running for President."

In March 2013, the Weekly World News followed up a (false) rumor that Anthony was pregnant by publishing another fantastically fictional article asserting that not only was she with child, but that the father was "a high profile man that everyone in America would know," that Casey was expecting twins, and that she was planning to name one of the children Caylee in honor of her deceased daughter.

However, that the WWN pieces about Casey Anthony are spoofs doesn't mean the real Casey Anthony has forsworn all thoughts of trying motherhood again. In one of her jailhouse letters (which were released to the general public in July 2011), she wrote, "I had a dream not too long ago that I was pregnant. It was like having Cays all over again. I've thought about adopting, which even sounds weird to me saying it, but there are so many children that deserve to be loved."

Barbara "to death" Mikkelson

Last updated:   3 July 2014

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Sources:

    Friedman, Emily.   "Casey Anthony Writes About Wanting More Babies."
    ABC World News.   6 July 2011.

    Lake, Frank.   "Casey Anthony Adopts a Baby."
    Weekly World News.   16 November 2011.