Grandfather of slain Fla. girl taken to hospital
Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:39 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The grandfather of a slain Florida toddler was taken to a hospital early Friday morning after he was reported missing and sparked concern that he might be suicidal.
George Anthony was found at a Daytona Beach motel with a note that indicated suicidal thoughts, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said. He was then taken to Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, where spokeswoman Salina Wang said he would be admitted after being observed. Anthony was in stable condition.
"He was taken to a hospital because he was texting his family saying that he was despondent and saying that he didn't want to live any more," Flynt said.
Under Florida's Baker Act, which provides for involuntary hospitalization for those considered serious threats to themselves or others, the hospital can hold Anthony for up to 72 hours, Flynt said.
Investigators found Anthony by locating signals from his cell phone and a description of his car, Flynt said.
"George has been through a lot. The whole family has been through a lot," said Brad Conway, an attorney for George Anthony and his wife, Cindy. "He's OK, and there's relief all the way around."
George Anthony's daughter, Casey Anthony, has been charged with killing her toddler, Caylee. The child wasn't reported missing for nearly a month after she vanished.
Casey Anthony, who has claimed that a baby sitter kidnapped Caylee, was notified of her father's condition on Friday morning.
A utility worker found Caylee Anthony's body in December in woods near where she lived with her mother and grandparents. She was reported missing in July. Her third birthday passed while she was missing.
Documents released by the state attorney's office this week revealed that the toddler's mouth was covered with silver duct tape that had been adorned with a heart-shaped sticker.
The reports also showed that duct tape was attached to her hair, and the girl's remains were placed in a laundry-hamper bag and then secured in a plastic garbage bag before they were left in the woods.
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