NEW YORK, NEW YORK— The jury was wrong, says Dr. Jan Garavaglia, most commonly known to viewers as “Dr.G”.
Dr. Garavaglia, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Caylee Anthony’s remains, broke her silence about the death of the Florida toddler on NBC’s “Today Show”. Dr. G came out swinging against the jury in the case and against Dr. Warner Spitz, a defense expert who referred to Garavaglia’s autopsy on the two-year-old’s tiny, skeletonized remains as “shoddy”.
Dr.G claims the jury, who acquitted Casey Anthony without requesting to view a single piece of evidence in the case, expected to see forensic magic as portrayed on shows such as “CSI”. In reality, Dr. G says all she had to go on was a few pieces weather worn clothing, a dirt covered laundry bag and the toddlers remains, which had deteriorated into nothing but brittle bones and a skull covered with duct tape and few strands of fine hair.
Despite having little evidence to work with, Dr. Garavaglia is adamant that her finding of death by homicide is accurate and will discuss the details of the Anthony case in an upcoming special set to air Sunday, January 1st on TLC.
“There’s a lot of still science behind that duct tape, that’s why we’re doing the special, because after the fact, it’s like all of a sudden they’re rewriting history, they’re rewriting what we found, which isn’t true,” Garavaglia said.
Of the allegations made by Dr. Spitz that Garavaglia’s work was a “shoddy autopsy”, Dr. G replied that “anyone who says that we should have Done the diatom test (which Dr. Spitz claimed could have proven or disproven the defense’s accidental drowning theory) must have the CSI effect (as well)”.
Dr. Garavaglia went on to say that performing the Diatom test would have been fruitless due to the advanced stage of deterioration of Caylee Anthony’s remains and that the test would have been impossible to perform on the toddler’s dry bones.
“Certainly the manner of death is an opinion based on all the information. It is an opinion based on scientific information, and the scene and the circumstances.”
When asked if she felt that Casey Anthony was guilty in the death of her daughter, Dr. Garavaglia responded carefully, “My job is not to determine who did it. My job is to determine what happened. So I feel very strongly that we could say this was a homicide.
Garavaglia also pointed out that Casey Anthony was the last person to see Caylee alive and added, “We never did get anything from her (Casey Anthony) of what happened, yet we found her (Caylee Anthony) with duct tape discarded in the woods. That tells a lot.”
Anthony, the subject of unprecedented death threats since the verdict, remains in hiding in an undisclosed Florida location.
All proceeds Dr. Garavaglia receives for the upcoming special, which is part of her ongoing series, “Dr. G: Medical Examiner” will be donated to children’s charities. See the show’s website for showtimes in your area.