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Casey Anthony Trial: Will the real "Zanny the Nanny" please stand up?

11:06 AM, Jun 2, 2011   |    comments
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Orlando, Florida - You've heard the name "Zanny the Nanny" countless times in the Casey Anthony trial.

Casey has claimed since the beginning that a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony.

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Zenaida's nickname, given to her by Casey, was "Zanny." Casey has long maintained that Zanny was Caylee's babysitter for several years.

Casey told detectives that Caylee was left with Zanny for the day on June 9, 2008 at the Sawgrass Apartments. Casey says she never saw the child again.

There's one big problem, according to prosecutors and detectives. There's no "Zanny the Nanny." She doesn't exist.

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However, there is a real woman named Zenaida Gonzalez who has never met Casey, never met Caylee and has no connection to the Anthony family.

So, who is the real Zenaida Gonzalez?

She has hired well-known attorney, John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan, and she is suing Casey Anthony for defamation of character.

Gonzalez says that her life has been turned upside down ever since Casey accused her of kidnapping. She has not idea why or how she was brought into this "nightmare."

Gonzalez did say she was legitimately at the Sawgrass Apartments on June 17 to inquire about renting.  She did fill out a guest card for the day and was given information.

Gonzalez admits she has talked with detectives many times about the case. She also claimed that she could not get a job when this first happened, because employers do not want to hire a "suspected kidnapper."

"It has been horrible," Gonzalez said after being asked about her life. "It is not so much because they know my face; it is more or less because they know my name. And since they know my name, everywhere I go, they are insinuating that I did something wrong because my name is so much in the news."

"They just [asked] if I had any information or know these people involved in this case," Gonzalez said. "No, I don't [know Casey or Caylee]. I wish I did and I would help them as much as I could, but I really don't. I have children of my own, and I wouldn't want that happening to my kids, let alone somebody else's."

Casey's mother, Cindy, has claimed that the wrong Zenaida was found. "This Zenaida is not the Zenaida," Cindy Anthony commented. "It was ruled out by the authorities. It was in the police report."

Cindy Anthony claims that there are, in fact, nine other people named Zenaida Gonzalez in the area.

Casey Anthony's attorney Jose Baez has said all along that he doesn't feel that the discovery of Zenaida Gonzalez is significant.

Thursday morning on Day 8 of Casey's trial, information was released that the Zenaida Gonzalez defamation lawsuit has now been rescheduled for February 13, 2012. There is a pretrial hearing on January 10, 2012. 

On Wednesday, Zenaida's lawyer filed a "request for admissions." 

Under Rule 1.370, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, Zenaida requested that Casey Anthony admit the following within 30 days:

1. Admit that the story you told about "Zanny's" alleged abudction of Caylee Anthony was fabricated.

2. Admit that the Defendant, Zenaida Gonzalez, had nothing to do with the alleged abduction of Caylee Anthony.

3.  Admit that Caylee Anthony drowned in your family pool.

4.  Admit that Caylee Anthony's cause of death was drowning.  

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