Though Casey Anthony maintains that she doesn’t know how her daughter, Caylee died, her parents — mom Cindy Anthony and dad George Anthony — never seemed to believe that story. In light of the ups and downs in their relationship, it seems her father still finds it difficult to imagine seeing his daughter again. Scroll down for everything we know about Casey’s relationship with her parents.
Do Casey Anthony’s Parents Think She Killed Caylee?
Prior to his near-death experience, George and his wife, Cindy Anthony, revealed they didn’t trust their daughter.
“Casey knows what happened to Caylee. I feel that in my heart,” George said on Crime Watch Daily in October 2017. Casey has claimed that George was with Caylee when she died, and he insisted that’s a lie. “Do I feel that she took my granddaughter’s life? I don’t want to believe that, but Casey is the one [who] can answer that question.”
“No, I don’t think, I truly, honestly don’t think she killed her,” said Cindy. “I don’t know. I don’t know if it was an accident or what happened. I don’t know if Casey got distracted and Caylee drowned in the pool.” Cindy also revealed that Casey had been suffering from frequent seizures and may have blacked out during Caylee’s death and not remembered what happened.
Does Casey Anthony Still Talk to Her Parents?
For Casey’s dad, their relationship is likely over for good. “I don’t want to see her, I don’t want to talk to her,” he said on Crime Watch Daily in October 2017. “I’ve always said that I would never talk to my daughter. I actually lost my daughter and my granddaughter in 2008.”
“I really believe out there, you know, there’s a certain amount of people [who] don’t really understand what we’ve been through, how traumatic it’s been for these last nine years,” said George, who admitted it got so bad that he tried to commit suicide. “I guess I didn’t drink enough alcohol, I didn’t take enough pills.”
George spoke out about his relationship with his daughter again, this time on the Dr. Oz show in 2019 — one year after he was involved in a near-fatal car accident. During the segment, Casey’s father wrote an emotional letter to his notorious daughter, seeking a reconciliation.
“I just want to let her know how I felt,” he said during the conversation. “I know of one thing I did say to her: ‘I would love to see you and I would love for mom to know where you’re at, how you’re doing.'”
George continued, “I said, ‘Casey, no matter what, I’m still your dad and I love you.’ That was hard for me, but I needed to get that from me because you can’t move on if you keep on holding all these things inside, you need to be able to express yourself.”
The patriarch returned to the Dr. Oz show in October 2021 and opened up on where he stood with his daughter.
“Would you be OK having a relationship with Casey if she never told you what happened to Caylee, her daughter? Your granddaughter,” Dr. Oz asked in an October 2021 interview. “Wow,” George replied with a gasp as he became emotional. “That’s a very hard question for me.”
Casey Anthony Reveals Bombshell Claim About Her Home Life With Her Parents
In November 2022, Casey opened up for an in-depth interview for the first time on the topic during Peacock’s three-part limited series Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies. While her parents won’t appear on the docuseries, Casey opened up on her past and current relationship with her them.
“The outside world saw this perfect little family and there were moments of that for sure but that wasn’t the reality,” Casey explained. “Our life at home was a lie, telling the truth, especially in our house wasn’t allowed. It all comes back to my dad.”
During Casey’s trial, one of the main defense arguments was that she had been molested by her father and he played an instrumental role in disposing of her daughter’s body. Her father has denied the allegations and has never been charged. In court, George submitted a DNA test to prove he wasn’t Caylee’s dad.
In the interview, Casey opened up on the alleged abuse that she says started at age 8 when her dad came into her room at night. She alleged she was “physically hurt” and told she couldn’t “tell mommy what happened.”
“He’d put a pillow over my face and smother me to knock me out,” Anthony alleged. “That happened several times. I’m sure there were times where I was incapacitated as a child where my body was limp and lifeless.”
While she didn’t tell her mom until she turned 19, she claimed her mother was extremely controlling and was trying to keep her from “being a sexual being.”
Anthony also alleged that her father staged Caylee’s drowning to cover up that he may have been abusing her. Additionally, the docuseries will feature Casey’s personal archives, behind-the-scenes footage and the defense’s evidence that will reveal a never-before-seen look into the trial.
What Happened to Casey Anthony?
Casey made national headlines in 2008 and became the central figure in a criminal trial that captivated the country. By 2011, she was acquitted of her 2-year-old daughter’s murder and charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. However, she was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies premieres Tuesday, November 29 on Peacock.
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