Casey Anthony blames her father for daughter Caylee's death in first on-camera interview

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Casey Anthony has spoken out for the first time after being released from prison following her daughter's mysterious death in 2008.

While the young mom was acquitted in relation to her toddler's death, she revealed in a recent interview that she believes her father, George Anthony, is responsible.

A then-22-year-old Casey made headlines in 2008 after her two-year-old daughter Caylee went missing, prompting a police investigation that eventually resulted in Caylee's remains being discovered in a wooded area near her home six months later.

Casey was originally charged with murder, and her legal team argued in 2011 that Caylee had drowned in the family's swimming pool, per PEOPLE. Eventually, Casey was acquitted of the murder charges but ended up serving a prison sentence for providing false information to law enforcement.

She previously alleged that her father George sexually abused her as a child, though he has vehemently denied the claims, NBC News reported at the time.

Now, the 36-year-old has spoken out publicly about the murder for the first time since being released from prison, blaming her father George for staging her daughter's death to cover up the fact he could have been abusing the infant.

In her interview - which is part of a three-part Peacock docuseries on Caylee's murder - Casey stated: "I wasn't feeling that great, and I wanted to lay down."

The mom - who was discussing the last day she saw her daughter, June 16 2008 - then added: "I had her lay in bed with me."

"I was awoken by [George] shaking me and asking me where Caylee was. That didn't make sense. She would never even leave my room without telling me. I immediately started looking around the house. I go outside and I'm looking to see where she could be," she continued, before revealing that she saw her father holding Caylee's lifeless body.

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Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Credit: Tribune Content Agency LLC / Alamy

 

"He was standing there with her. She was soaking wet. He handed her to me. Said it was my fault. That I caused it. But he didn't rush to call 911 and he wasn't trying to resuscitate her. I collapsed with her in my arms. She was heavy, and she was cold [...] He takes her from me and he immediately softens his tone and says 'It's going to be ok.' I wanted to believe him. He took her from me and he went away," Casey stated.

After the incident Casey went to stay with her boyfriend, telling no one about what had happened.

"During the 31 days, I genuinely believed that Caylee was still alive. My father kept telling me she was ok," she said. "I had to keep following his instructions. He told me what to do. I tried to act as normal as I could."

Casey then added that she wished she'd spoken out about the sexual abuse she claims her father forced her to endure: "I wish every day I had said something to someone about something. Maybe then things would be different."

The limited docuseries focused on Caylee's tragic death, Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies, will begin streaming on November 29 on Peacock.

Featured image credit: Tribune Content Agency LLC / Alamy

Casey Anthony blames her father for daughter Caylee's death in first on-camera interview

vt-author-image

By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

Casey Anthony has spoken out for the first time after being released from prison following her daughter's mysterious death in 2008.

While the young mom was acquitted in relation to her toddler's death, she revealed in a recent interview that she believes her father, George Anthony, is responsible.

A then-22-year-old Casey made headlines in 2008 after her two-year-old daughter Caylee went missing, prompting a police investigation that eventually resulted in Caylee's remains being discovered in a wooded area near her home six months later.

Casey was originally charged with murder, and her legal team argued in 2011 that Caylee had drowned in the family's swimming pool, per PEOPLE. Eventually, Casey was acquitted of the murder charges but ended up serving a prison sentence for providing false information to law enforcement.

She previously alleged that her father George sexually abused her as a child, though he has vehemently denied the claims, NBC News reported at the time.

Now, the 36-year-old has spoken out publicly about the murder for the first time since being released from prison, blaming her father George for staging her daughter's death to cover up the fact he could have been abusing the infant.

In her interview - which is part of a three-part Peacock docuseries on Caylee's murder - Casey stated: "I wasn't feeling that great, and I wanted to lay down."

The mom - who was discussing the last day she saw her daughter, June 16 2008 - then added: "I had her lay in bed with me."

"I was awoken by [George] shaking me and asking me where Caylee was. That didn't make sense. She would never even leave my room without telling me. I immediately started looking around the house. I go outside and I'm looking to see where she could be," she continued, before revealing that she saw her father holding Caylee's lifeless body.

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Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Credit: Tribune Content Agency LLC / Alamy

 

"He was standing there with her. She was soaking wet. He handed her to me. Said it was my fault. That I caused it. But he didn't rush to call 911 and he wasn't trying to resuscitate her. I collapsed with her in my arms. She was heavy, and she was cold [...] He takes her from me and he immediately softens his tone and says 'It's going to be ok.' I wanted to believe him. He took her from me and he went away," Casey stated.

After the incident Casey went to stay with her boyfriend, telling no one about what had happened.

"During the 31 days, I genuinely believed that Caylee was still alive. My father kept telling me she was ok," she said. "I had to keep following his instructions. He told me what to do. I tried to act as normal as I could."

Casey then added that she wished she'd spoken out about the sexual abuse she claims her father forced her to endure: "I wish every day I had said something to someone about something. Maybe then things would be different."

The limited docuseries focused on Caylee's tragic death, Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies, will begin streaming on November 29 on Peacock.

Featured image credit: Tribune Content Agency LLC / Alamy