Jail suspends officer in Anthony probe

Investigation eyes letters passed between inmates

Published On: Jan 12 2012 04:39:44 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 31 2010 06:46:58 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Orange County correctional officer questioned about the passing of notes between accused child killer Casey Anthony and another inmate has been suspended with pay, pending an internal investigation.

Silvia Hernandez was among several officers responsible for the dormitory where Anthony and now-convicted drug dealer Robyn Adams were housed when more than 50 notes totalling some 258 pages were passed from Anthony to Adams, according to jail and court records.

The contents of the notes remain sealed, while Anthony's attorneys decide whether to ask Judge Stan Strickland to keep any portion of them exempt from release to the public.

The state attorney's office told the judge some of the letters are relevant to the case, though they do not constitute a confession by Anthony, who is charged with murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Adams, who is now in federal prison, was a trusted inmate who was caught passing letters between cells while she was entrusted to clean the dormitory.

The jail said it is against policy to pass notes among inmates in the protective custody section of the jail that was shared by both women.