Casey Anthony makes fresh bombshell claims about daughter's death in first ever on-camera interview

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Casey Anthony has addressed her daughter's tragic death in her first-ever on-camera interview, making fresh claims about her disappearance.

The 36-year-old first garnered media interest over a decade ago following the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

In 2011, Casey was acquitted of murder, manslaughter, and child abuse. She did, however, serve a prison sentence for providing false information to law enforcement, Fox News reported.

Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008 - however, she was not reported missing until 31 days later, by her grandmother Cindy Anthony.

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Casey Anthony's daughter was not reported missing until 31 days after her disappearance. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Casey was arrested the next day, and she told investigators that she had left her daughter with a babysitter. Officers later discovered that this was false and that the babysitter she mentioned did not exist. She also maintained that she worked at Universal Studios in Orlando, which also turned out to be false.

Just months later Caylee's skeletal remains were discovered less than a mile from her grandparents' home in Orlando.

Casey is now the subject of a three-part docuseries on Peacock called Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies, which was released on November 29. In it, she maintains the claims she made during her highly publicized trial - including the disturbing allegation that her father George Anthony sexually abused her as a child and lied to cover up Caylee's death - something he vehemently denied in court and for which he has never been charged.

The docuseries shows Casey admitting why she lied, stating that it stemmed from being abused as a child. "I lied to everyone because that was my whole life up until that point. Acting like everything's okay but knowing nothing was okay. I've had years of therapy and I'm trying to analyze my own behaviors and explain my own behaviors. All of this is a reaction of trauma," she said.

Casey Anthony reveals why she lied to the police in Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies

Casey reiterated the previous claims she'd made about being abused at the hands of her father, who apparently declined Peacock's requests for comment.

The Ohio native - who lives in Florida and works for her defense attorney Pat McKenna - recounted for the first time what she alleges happened the day Caylee died, claiming that she was woken up by her father who was asking where the toddler was.

She said that it didn't make sense as Caylee "would never even leave my room without telling me, even if she had to go to the bathroom," per Fox News.

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Casey (pictured at her 2011 trial) has maintained that her father covered up Caylee's murder. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

She says she began searching the house, claiming her father later came into the room holding Caylee's body. "She's soaking wet," Casey said. "I can see him standing there with her in his arms and handing her to me and telling me that it's my fault. That I did that. That I caused that."

Instead of calling 911, she claims her father told her it would be okay and subsequently took Caylee.

"I know people are going to question why didn't I make a phone call, why didn't I call 911, why did even I wait to tell my mom anything, but I didn't tell her anything, why lie? Knowing that I failed to protect my child and I kept failing her even after that. I failed her again and again and again. Because I still protected the person who hurt me," Casey said.

"It was like I was brainwashed. And it wasn't until much later that I started to really realize why. It's like I had Stockholm syndrome," she added.

George strongly refuted Casey's claims in court and has never been charged.

Featured image credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Casey Anthony makes fresh bombshell claims about daughter's death in first ever on-camera interview

vt-author-image

By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

Casey Anthony has addressed her daughter's tragic death in her first-ever on-camera interview, making fresh claims about her disappearance.

The 36-year-old first garnered media interest over a decade ago following the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

In 2011, Casey was acquitted of murder, manslaughter, and child abuse. She did, however, serve a prison sentence for providing false information to law enforcement, Fox News reported.

Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008 - however, she was not reported missing until 31 days later, by her grandmother Cindy Anthony.

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Casey Anthony's daughter was not reported missing until 31 days after her disappearance. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Casey was arrested the next day, and she told investigators that she had left her daughter with a babysitter. Officers later discovered that this was false and that the babysitter she mentioned did not exist. She also maintained that she worked at Universal Studios in Orlando, which also turned out to be false.

Just months later Caylee's skeletal remains were discovered less than a mile from her grandparents' home in Orlando.

Casey is now the subject of a three-part docuseries on Peacock called Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies, which was released on November 29. In it, she maintains the claims she made during her highly publicized trial - including the disturbing allegation that her father George Anthony sexually abused her as a child and lied to cover up Caylee's death - something he vehemently denied in court and for which he has never been charged.

The docuseries shows Casey admitting why she lied, stating that it stemmed from being abused as a child. "I lied to everyone because that was my whole life up until that point. Acting like everything's okay but knowing nothing was okay. I've had years of therapy and I'm trying to analyze my own behaviors and explain my own behaviors. All of this is a reaction of trauma," she said.

Casey Anthony reveals why she lied to the police in Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies

Casey reiterated the previous claims she'd made about being abused at the hands of her father, who apparently declined Peacock's requests for comment.

The Ohio native - who lives in Florida and works for her defense attorney Pat McKenna - recounted for the first time what she alleges happened the day Caylee died, claiming that she was woken up by her father who was asking where the toddler was.

She said that it didn't make sense as Caylee "would never even leave my room without telling me, even if she had to go to the bathroom," per Fox News.

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Casey (pictured at her 2011 trial) has maintained that her father covered up Caylee's murder. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

She says she began searching the house, claiming her father later came into the room holding Caylee's body. "She's soaking wet," Casey said. "I can see him standing there with her in his arms and handing her to me and telling me that it's my fault. That I did that. That I caused that."

Instead of calling 911, she claims her father told her it would be okay and subsequently took Caylee.

"I know people are going to question why didn't I make a phone call, why didn't I call 911, why did even I wait to tell my mom anything, but I didn't tell her anything, why lie? Knowing that I failed to protect my child and I kept failing her even after that. I failed her again and again and again. Because I still protected the person who hurt me," Casey said.

"It was like I was brainwashed. And it wasn't until much later that I started to really realize why. It's like I had Stockholm syndrome," she added.

George strongly refuted Casey's claims in court and has never been charged.

Featured image credit: Abaca Press / Alamy