Cindy Anthony: Caylee Could Climb into Pool By Herself

06/24/2011 at 11:05 AM EDT

Casey Anthony Trial: Cindy Describes Scene at Swimming Pool
Cindy (left) and Casey Anthony
Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/Landov; Joe Burbank/Landov
A day after Cindy Anthony took the stand to claim that she was the one who performed incriminating searches on the family computer, she was back testifying on behalf of her daughter, Casey Anthony, who is charged with murder.

In a hushed courtroom, Cindy Anthony told jurors that she returned home from work on June 16, 2008, to find the pool ladder had been left standing against the pool, ready for use.

"I thought it was strange," she testified. "I told my co-workers about it."

Defense attorney Jose Baez showed Cindy several pictures of 2-year-old Caylee and the Anthony's above-ground pool. One of the pictures showed Caylee climbing the three-rung ladder into the pool with the help of Cindy.

The pictures caused Cindy Anthony to weep, while Casey wiped her eyes with a tissue.

"She could climb into the pool by herself," Anthony testified, explaining that they swam together daily. "She was anxious to get in."

"We took extra precaution every day to keep the ladder off the pool," Cindy continued. "We taught Caylee she had to be with us to swim."

Cindy Anthony: Caylee Could Climb into Pool By Herself| Crime & Courts, Casey Anthony, Caylee Anthony

Attorney Jose Baez with pool photos; Caylee inset

Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel / MCT / Getty; Inset: AP

The defense then showed a picture of Caylee opening the sliding glass door that led to the pool. "Could Caylee open the door?"

"Yes, she could do it herself," Anthony answered.

The defense team says that Caylee accidentally drowned on June 16, 2008. The prosecution maintains that Casey Anthony killed her daughter and dumped her body in the woods.

The trial is ongoing. If convicted, Casey Anthony could get the death penalty.

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