DCF Report: Caylee Anthony's Death Was Casey's Fault

August 11, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 6:42 AM EDT

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DCF Report: Caylee Anthony's Death Was Casey's Fault

August 11, 2011 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 6:42 AM EDT

(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Officials from the Department of Children and Families on Thursday morning confirmed that Caylee Anthony's death was the result of her mother Casey's failure to protect her.

"It is the conclusion of the Department of Children and Families that [Casey Anthony] failed to protect her child from harm either through her actions or lack of actions, which tragically resulted in the child's untimely death," the investigation's report states.

The investigation took nearly three years and verified three allegations classified as "maltreatments," including death, failure to protect and threatened harm.

They did not verify asphyxiation and physical injury because the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner's Office was unable to confirm Caylee's cause of death.

A spokesman for DCF said the state agency's probe, which ended this week, was not a criminal investigation. The conclusions were submitted to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, but they will not result in any charges against Casey Anthony.

The child-protection agency routinely investigates child deaths. In this case, the agency investigated Caylee's death after it received allegations of "abuse at the hands of [Casey Anthony]," the report shows.

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