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Casey Anthony mental evaluations released - doc says she was "surprisingly cheerful"

Casey Anthony, seen in a video posted to YouTube.
Casey Anthony, seen in a video posted to YouTube. CBS

(CBS) ORLANDO, Fla. - In newly released depositions, psychiatrists who evaluated Casey Anthony before she went on trial say they found no evidence of mental illness. One described her as "surprisingly cheerful"; another said she was "stripped of almost any affect or emotion."

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These accounts of Casey Anthony's life, and her version of what happened to her daughter Caylee were revealed Wednesday when a judge unsealed two never-before-seen depositions from two psychiatrists who evaluated Anthony before her murder trial, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

One of the psychiatrists, Jeff Danziger, says the results of a psychological test Anthony took were normal, something he regarded as surprising.

Casey Anthony, 25, was acquitted last July of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a widely publicized trial. She is currently serving a year of probation at an undisclosed location in Florida on a check fraud charge.

Transcripts of the deposition had been sealed, but the Orlando Sentinel asked the court to make them public and a judge unsealed them.

The depositions of Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz vividly describe what Anthony told her doctors about the alleged sexual abuse by her father and the alleged drowning death of her daughter.

These statements by the experts are significant because they represent the most recent known version of her story about what happened to Caylee.

Weitz said Anthony felt "very comfortable" leaving Caylee with her mother, but felt her father George was a threat based on past abuse.

Weitz also described "an issue of the pool and swimming." Anthony was always very cautious about the pool being secured before she went to sleep, he explained.

"They went to search for her and look around to no avail, and then father brought Caylee to her and she was wet - in his arms. She was wet, and she appeared to be deceased. He then took her, you know, basically, and he took Caylee out of the room from her, and she said she basically lost it at that point in time."

Danziger was originally court-appointed to evaluate Anthony for compentency, but in October 2010, her attorney, Jose Baez met with him about working on the case. Danziger explained that this was basically for "reevaluating her, seeing if, essentially, there are any psychiatric or mental health issues that would be helpful towards their defense."

Danziger interviewed Anthony a total of five times, he said.

He says that Anthony told him about a scenario of Caylee dying in the pool, but that she had said she didn't think the death was an accident. In fact, she made an allegation against her father.

"I think he held her under water, maybe he was doing something to her and he tried to cover it up," Anthony reportedly said to him.

Danziger said that during the initial evaluation, "I did not find any evidence of an active mental illness. It was my opinion that she was competent to proceed and that an MMPI [a common tool used for psychological evaluation] I did was entirely normal, which was somewhat surprising."

The doctor said Anthony was in a good mood, had no grandiose or paranoid delusions, no homicidal ideas and had no feelings of guilt.

Anthony was, in Danziger's opinion, "surprisingly cheerful."

When asked about Anthony's demeanor when describing the death of her daughter and her alleged past sexual abuse, Weitz said, "She was presenting it to me in a very cognitive, intellective manner stripped of almost any affect or emotion. "

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