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Sep122011

Dr. Phil: George and Cindy Anthony Divided over Casey’s Innocence

Cindy and George Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, are the first to leave the courtroom, with their attorney Mark Lippman, after their daughter was found not guilty in her first-degree murder trial, at the Orange County Courthouse, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (Hand Out/ABC News)(NEW YORK) -- George and Cindy Anthony are divided over daughter Casey Anthony’s role in two-year-old Caylee’s death and Cindy Anthony is “very much” in denial, Phil McGraw said on The View Monday.

The first part of McGraw’s two-part interview with George and Cindy Anthony will air Tuesday on the Dr. Phil show. It is the first interview for the parents of Casey Anthony since their 25-year-old daughter was acquitted of murdering Caylee.  McGraw told the ladies of The View that Caylee’s grandparents said they still don’t know what happened to the toddler and they have not seen or talked to their daughter since she was acquitted.

He said the two are divided over whether their daughter could have murdered Caylee or dumped the little girl’s body in the woods.

“They have a very different view of that.  He [George Anthony] is very critical.  She [Cindy Anthony] seems to make an excuse at every turn,” McGraw said.

“They question themselves every minute of every day.  What did we fail to see? What could we have done differently? Their position is up until the pregnancy, she was showing reasonably normal behavior and then it began to change,” McGraw said.

In one clip from the interview played on The View, McGraw asks George Anthony about whether he had any role in Caylee’s death.  Defense Attorney Jose Baez argued throughout the trial that George Anthony helped dispose of Caylee’s body after the child accidentally drowned.

Cindy Anthony defended her husband from those claims.

“George would never have put us through those six months of not knowing where Caylee was if he knew where Caylee was because I watched his heart break every single day and I watched him as frantic as he was,” Cindy Anthony told McGraw.

In another clip from the interview, McGraw asks the Anthonys whether they believe Casey Anthony drove her white Pontiac Sunfire with a dead Caylee in the trunk.  The prosecution argued that Casey Anthony’s car trunk smelled like death and that a strand of Caylee’s hair was found in the trunk, as well as high levels of chloroform.

Cindy Anthony told McGraw, “Truthfully, to this day, I don’t know, to be honest.”

George Anthony said, “Do I want to believe that Caylee was back there?  I don’t want to believe it, but I’m going by what investigators have told me.  All I know is that Caylee is not with us anymore.”  

Cindy Anthony famously told a 911 operator that it smelled like there had been “a dead body in the damn car” while reporting her granddaughter’s disappearance in July 2008. Caylee had been missing for 31 days before authorities were alerted. McGraw said that when he pressed the Anthony couple about their behavior during those 31 days that they went without seeing Caylee, they told him that they believed Casey Anthony was keeping Caylee from them out of spite.

“She [Cindy Anthony] got to a point where she believed that Casey was keeping Caylee away from her on purpose, but she said my mind never went to the fact that she could have done something to her,” McGraw said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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