How do we feel about it? Very very sad. We live here, so this case has been something that everyone has followed closely right from the start. And to quote a neighbor, the investigators really "screwed the pooch" on this one starting in 2008. In the beginning they failed to explore all avenues, and some of the potential evidence didn't seem to have been handled all that well. In the end they presented mostly circumstantial evidence that really did leave reasonable doubt. The jury couldn't have voted any other way based on what they were presented. They weren't presented with enough though.
There are a lot of angry people here right now, and one of the things that they're asking is why were there no more charges brought up in the trial? Since the court seemed to be so gung-ho about the drowning theory, and established on national TV that without a doubt the child could & did leave the house on her own and enter the pool area from time to time, where was the Criminal negligence charge? What about Obstruction of justice for withholding evidence about what happened to the baby right from the beginning? And even though it's small potatoes in the big picture, where were the charges for those stolen checks she doled out right after the baby disappeared? And Purgory? She and her mother both were clearly guilty of that. Those are just a few of the dozens of potential other charges that we've heard people around here saying that she should have been hit with, which might have kept her in jail for at least some small measure of justice. But instead she's just going to get a slap on the wrist for lying to the police. It's pitiful.