Facebook

Twitter

Tumblr

iTunes

RSS

HEAR THIS HOUR'S UPDATE
News Pages

Entries in Cindy Anthony (11)

Thursday
Jan052012

Casey Anthony's Parents 'Concerned' Video Diary Endangers Her

Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony's parents said Thursday they did not know about their daughter's online video diary, and worry that it could put her in danger from people who are angry about her acquittal in the death of her daughter.

Casey Anthony has been in hiding since a Florida jury acquitted her in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in July 2011. A restyled Casey Anthony debuted in the video circulated Thursday, speaking about her new pet dog, buying a computer and the optimism she feels about her future.

ABC News confirmed from a source close to Anthony that the video was genuine.

The video took her parents by surprise.

"Cindy and George were made aware of the video diary of their daughter this morning, January 5, 2012," their attorney Mark Lippman said in a statement.

"They are concerned that the release of this video or any future videos could endanger their daughter," he wrote. "Cindy and George hope that Casey remains safe wherever she may be."

Cindy and George Anthony have a famously tense relationship with their daughter, a family drama that played out in public during Casey Anthony's murder trial.

The parents were divided regarding their daughter and what happened to their 2-year-old granddaughter Caylee.

Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, accused George Anthony of molesting Casey Anthony as a child and George Anthony said publicly that he was disappointed that she was acquitted. Cindy Anthony supported her daughter and was elated when she was acquitted.

The video blog that surfaced Thursday thrust Casey Anthony back into the spotlight as the first time she has spoken publicly since being released from jail.

Anthony was acquitted last July of murder in the death of Caylee, but was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement for claiming that 2-year-old Caylee had been stolen by a babysitter. She is currently serving one year of probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction.

After being released from jail, Anthony went into hiding amid death threats from people who were shocked that she was not convicted of killing her daughter.

Anthony does not mention her daughter or her parents during the video blog. She is estranged from her parents, who made it clear that she cannot come home after Anthony's lawyer accused her father of molesting her as a child and helping to dispose of Caylee's body.

Anthony must stay in Florida as she serves out her year-long probation and checks in monthly with a probation officer. There is a possibility that she could get off probation early, but she says in the video, "It's going to be a while [before] I leave."

After speaking on and off for just over four minutes, Anthony signs off, but not before suggesting that there will be more to come from her.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep202011

Casey Anthony's Dad Shook with Anger over Her Acquittal

Hand Out/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Casey Anthony's father shook in disbelief when he realized that his daughter was about to be acquitted of any role in the death of his granddaughter, Caylee.

George Anthony said on the Dr. Phil show Monday that he was disappointed by the verdict in his daughter's murder trial.

"I remember I started to shake... I got this deepness feeling in my heart... Then the second charge came through not guilty.  I'm like, ok, she'll be in jail for a while" for her role in Caylee's death.

"Then the third one came through for aggravated child abuse [and] nothing... I'm like, oh my God, my daughter is going to walk out of here and I'm never going to know about Caylee," George Anthony told Phil McGraw.

Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder and found guilty of lying to police.  She was released from Orange County Jail on July 17.

"I didn't want to see my daughter put to death.  I wanted her to be held responsible for my granddaughter and I still do," he said.

Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy, said that she prayed for her daughter to be acquitted of all charges.

"I was elated when all three of them came not guilty," Cindy Anthony told McGraw.

George Anthony grimaced as he rewatched defense attorney Jose Baez's opening statement that accused him of molesting his daughter.

"That was an extreme low blow," George Anthony said.  "I wanted to go and jump over this little railing…and I wanted to confront Mr. Baez… I haven't cared for him from day one."

George Anthony said that he does not believe that Caylee drowned and believes Baez was playing on the emotions of his wife and son, Lee Anthony.

"My whole take is that Cindy's emotional state was played, her heart was played the whole time through Jose, through my daughter," George Anthony said.  "I wanted my daughter to have a good defense, but I also didn't want to be played like a fool."

George Anthony previously told McGraw that he believes his daughter overdosed Caylee so that she could go out partying.

Baez challenged those claims on The View Monday.

"I think it's preposterous and it certainly doesn't surprise me that he's making these statements.  Now his recent claim that Casey and someone else may have drugged Caylee, it's sad that he would say that.  Caylee died on a Monday afternoon... If you live in Orlando, you know there's not many parties on a Monday afternoon," Baez said.

George Anthony said that he felt Baez turned him into a target to create reasonable doubt in the mind of the jurors.  Cindy Anthony told McGraw that Casey Anthony's defense team could have attacked the Anthony family even more, but she believes her daughter made Jose Baez hold back.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep142011

Casey Anthony Overdosed Caylee, George Anthony Charges

Hand Out/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- George Anthony believes his daughter, Casey Anthony, drugged his granddaughter, Caylee, to sedate the toddler so her mother could go out.

"Yeah I blame my daughter for Caylee not being here today," George Anthony said on the Dr. Phil show. "I believe she was there and I also believe she probably had some help."

In the strongest accusation he has made against his daughter, an emotional George Anthony told Dr. Phil McGraw that he believes Casey Anthony used drugs to act as a chemical babysitter for 2-year-old Caylee so she could party with friends.

Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder charges this summer after she claimed at her trial that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool.

"Inside of my heart, I don't believe that Caylee drowned…I believe there's something else that happened to her…I believe that Casey or someone else that she was with possibly gave too much [drugs] to Caylee...she fell asleep and didn't wake up," George Anthony said, smoldering with anger.

The reason for the alleged drugging was "to go out and have a good time, go out with friends... to have this life that she didn't have with Caylee…some freedom that she wanted, that's what I feel," he said.

Referring to the "smell of death" that was in his daughter's car, George Anthony added, "Do I believe that she was possibly in the back of the car? I do…and she was placed down there at the end of our street."

George Anthony's claims about his daughter's role in Caylee's murder shocked wife Cindy Anthony.

"This is the first time you ever said that to me...I'm really kind of shocked to hear that today," Cindy Anthony told her husband.

George Anthony said that he doesn't accept the drowning story because of the way Caylee's remains were found on Dec. 11, 2008. Caylee's skeletal remains were found with duct tape over the mouth and nose and had been stuffed into trash and laundry bags.

Cindy Anthony, however, said she believes her daughter's claims that Caylee accidentally drowned.

"I buy the part that Caylee drowned," she said.

Cindy Anthony also said that the acquittal of her daughter is the right verdict.

"I prayed to God for three years to find out what happened to Caylee…I got my answer that it was an accident," she said.

"I believe justice for Caylee was when her mother walked because I know the love that those two had and I know Caylee's soul would never have rested knowing her mother had been vilified for her death," Cindy Anthony said.

Cindy Anthony, while believing Caylee drowned, also believes her daughter had something to do with the disposal of the toddler's remains. She told McGraw that Casey may have hid the truth about Caylee's whereabouts to protect a possible accomplice.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep132011

Cindy Anthony Blames Seizures, Postpartum Illness for Casey's Behavior

Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, suggested a series of possible medical problems from gran mal seizures to a brain tumor to postpartum schizophrenia to explain what may have led to two-year-old Caylee's death and her daughter's callous behavior.

Cindy and George Anthony, the grandparents of Caylee, appeared in their first interview in over a year on the Dr. Phil show Tuesday. During the first part of the two-part interview, the couple described to host Dr. Phil McGraw their marital troubles and Casey Anthony's behavior before and after Caylee went missing.

Casey Anthony was acquitted of daughter Caylee's murder and released from the Orange County Jail on July 17.

"I'm not making excuses for her. I want to find out what's wrong with Casey. I know that there's something wrong," Cindy Anthony said.

Casey Anthony's mother asked rhetorically how could "this caring young person who cared about everybody, loved kids and then all of a sudden something tragically happens to Caylee and Casey completely goes off the deep end?"

Cindy Anthony said that her daughter's bizarre behavior during the time that Caylee was missing might be the result of gran mal seizures. During the time that Caylee was dead and had yet to be reported missing, the young mom partied at clubs, got a tattoo that read "Bella Vita" and spun a web of lies about her daughter's whereabouts.

Cindy Anthony raised the possibility of Casey Anthony suffering a seizure on the day Caylee died.

"I don't know if she had a seizure that day and blacked out," Cindy Anthony said.

Cindy Anthony said that her daughter's ex-fiancé, Jesse Grund, called 911 when she suffered a seizure in November 2007. She also claimed that her daughter suffered a seizure while she was home on bail in 2008.

"I don't know why she's having a seizure. Does she have a brain tumor, were the seizures caused by stress?" Cindy Anthony speculated to McGraw.

George Anthony did not comment or contribute to his wife's claims about the seizures during the interview.

Attorney Wendy Murphy, who has followed the case closely, said that Anthony's parents might be trying to create sympathy for their daughter.

"Last I read, she was the most hated person in America...She has nowhere to go but up in the eyes of public," Murphy said. "Her family, no matter what they think... they realize at this point that she could benefit from some sympathy."

Cindy Anthony admitted to McGraw that she has a history of making excuses for her 25-year-old daughter. Both she and George Anthony told McGraw that they noticed a change in their daughter after Caylee was born in August 2006.

"Looking back now, I'm almost wondering if she didn't develop postpartum schizophrenia or some issue after her pregnancy, a hormonal type of illness," Cindy Anthony said.

George Anthony took a harsher stance when reflecting on his daughter's behavior, saying that she played him and his wife like fools with her lies and by stealing money from them. Casey Anthony even stole from her grandmother, they said.

George Anthony admitted that he can't rule out that his daughter might have rode around with a dead Caylee in her trunk.

"Some parts of me do believe that she was possibly back there," he said.

Prosecutors claimed that Casey Anthony's car smelled of death and that a strand of Caylee's hair was in the trunk along with high levels of chloroform.

The second part of Cindy and George Anthony's interview with McGraw airs Wednesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
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

Monday
Aug292011

Dr. Phil to Casey Anthony's Parents: 'You Know the Truth'

Hand Out/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Phil McGraw has filmed his sit-down with Cindy and George Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in July of murdering her daughter Caylee in 2008.

Her parents broke their silence with the TV therapist in an exclusive interview that will be the main focus of the 10th season premiere of Dr. Phil, which will air Monday, Sept. 12 on CBS.

A promo for the interview shows McGraw holding the parents' feet to the fire.

"You know the truth, don't you?" he asks.  "There are millions of people that want to shake you awake," McGraw said of the parents, who only found out their granddaughter was missing 31 days after she was last seen alive.

George and Cindy Anthony's responses were not shown.

The pair became globally famous after Casey finally admitted her two-year-old was missing, stringing an elaborate web of lies as to who may have kidnapped her.  Caylee's body was found by Florida authorities six months later in a swampy area not far from where Casey Anthony lived with her parents.

Later, George and Cindy took the stand in their daughter's trial.  George Anthony was accused by the defense of having sexually molested Caylee, which led her to cover-up her daughter's accidental death, according to her lawyers.  He denied the accusations, but the defense was ultimately successful.

Casey Anthony is currently free, but in Florida undergoing a year of probation on check fraud charges.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug172011

Casey Anthony's Parents to Tell Their Story to Dr. Phil

Hand Out/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- George and Cindy Anthony, the parents of acquitted murder defendant Casey Anthony and grandparents of murder victim Caylee Anthony, will tell their story to Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview to air on his show's season premiere Sept. 12.

"We appreciate the way in which Dr. Phil has helped others, and we trust him enough to completely open our hearts in telling our story," George Anthony said in a written statement released by Paramount Television on behalf of the Dr. Phil show.  "He is a professional that understands the uniqueness of our family situation.  There's no one better to do this interview than Dr. Phil.  We knew he would ask the difficult questions, and we were right."

Both George and Cindy Anthony were key witnesses at their daughter Casey Anthony's trial, at which Casey Anthony, 25, was acquitted on July 5, 2011 of charges she killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but convicted of charges she lied to authorities about the case.

During the trial, defense attorneys accused George Anthony and other members of the Anthony family of abusing Casey Anthony, accusations that were denied.

In the Paramount release, Dr. Phil expressed sympathy for the Anthonys' "ordeal."  But he added that "nothing is off limits" during the interview.

"Cindy and George have suffered a horrific loss with the untimely death of their granddaughter Caylee, and they have since endured an unprecedented public attack on their family," Dr. Phil said.  "Have these attacks been warranted, or not?  I looked them straight in the eye and asked some very tough questions.  Despite living under a 'media microscope' for years, THEIR story has never really been told and there's so much more to it than we've heard in the media."

Cindy Anthony offered her own reasons for breaking her silence about the trial and its verdict.

"We knew that we'd want to speak at some point, and we figured there was no better place than with Dr. Phil," she said in the written statement.  "We are hoping that by doing this interview, we will be able to help other people who may be experiencing struggles of their own.  We certainly don't want anyone to experience what we have these last three years."

Paramount emphasized that the Anthonys did not seek payment for the interview, but they asked for an unspecified donation to "Caylee's Fund," a separate charity that will honor their granddaughter, argue for missing and abused children and grandparents' rights.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul182011

Casey Anthony's Parents Were Asked to Be Decoys in Jail Release

Hand Out/ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla) -- Casey Anthony's attorney wanted to use her parents as media decoys at the Orlando, Florida jailhouse where she was released on Sunday, according to the couple's lawyer.

Mark Lippman, who representd Casey Anthony's parents George and Cindy Anthony, told HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell on Sunday that he refused the request from attorney Jose Baez.

"Last night we got a call from Mr. Baez ... he had wanted to use my clients as decoys for the media and I, of course, did not agree with that and neither did my clients," said Lippman.  "One, it was risky at best, and two, just in my opinion, something that would not be beneficial to anybody."

Lippman added that he did find out that Casey Anthony is safe at an undisclosed location.  Anthony reportedly boarded a private plane from the Orlando Executive Airport around 3 a.m. Sunday upon her release after approximately three years in prison just after midnight Sunday.

In the interview, as reported by The Examiner, Lippmann indicated that there has still been no further contact between Casey Anthony and her mother -- though Cindy Anthony did want to have contact with Casey, and Mr. Baez blocked it, according to Lippman.

"After the trial Cindy tried to see Casey and again was rebuked.  Now again, even a simple telephone call apparently seems to be too much for either Casey or Mr. Baez, so we're asking publicly that Mr. Baez at least reach out to me and let me know what's going on," Lippman said.

Casey Anthony's release comes 12 days after she was convicted of four counts of lying to police and a day after she filed an appeal of those convictions.

Anthony, 25, was sentenced to four years for lying to investigators about her 2-year-old daughter Caylee's 2008 disappearance and death, but she had already served three years and was credited for good behavior.  Aside from the jail time, Anthony was fined $4,000.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jul082011

Casey Anthony Rejects Mom Cindy's Jailhouse Visit

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony has rejected a jailhouse visit from her mother in what appears to have been the first step by Anthony's parents to speak to her since she was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Despite being found not guilty of murder, Casey Anthony must spend another nine days in jail because she was found guilty of lying to law enforcement officials.

Her mother, Cindy Anthony, tried to visit her daughter at the Orange County jail, but was turned away by Casey Anthony, according to sources familiar with the visit. Cindy Anthony went to jail without her husband, George Anthony.

It was the latest sign of how badly estranged Casey Anthony is from her parents. Cindy Anthony gave tearful testimony about the disappearance of her granddaughter Caylee during the murder trial after being called as a prosecution witness.

Her most damning comment was made in a 911 call that her granddaughter was missing and the car trunk smelled like someone had died there. Cindy Anthony later tried to retract that statement.

Cindy Anthony also tried to take responsibility during the trial for numerous searches on the family computer for chloroform. Prosecutors claimed Casey Anthony killed Caylee with a combination of chloroform and duct over her nose and mouth. Prosecutors brought in additional witnesses who testified that Cindy Anthony was at work, not at home, when the chloroform searches were made.

The most telling moment of the animosity between Casey Anthony and her parents came when Cindy Anthony left the witness stand and mouthed the words "I love you" to her daughter. Casey Anthony rolled her eyes and looked away.

Casey Anthony is scheduled to be released from jail on Sunday, July 17 amid concerns about her safety. Her not guilty verdict has sparked outrage outside the Orlando, Fla., courtroom where she was tried and across the country.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul052011

Casey Anthony Verdict: Family Gets Death Threats in Wake of Acquittal

Hand Out/ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Members of Casey Anthony's family received death threats Tuesday after the Florida woman was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee.

Mark Lippman, the attorney for George and Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony's parents, told ABC News that the family has received death threats. Authorities are reportedly investigating the threats. No additional details were immediately available.

The verdict provoked shock and outrage, and the backlash was swift.

Spectators outside the courtroom comforted each other and cried, and one man remarking that Casey Anthony should leave town because she's not welcome in Orlando.

Law enforcement officials roped off a door where Cindy and George Anthony were expected to make their exit from the court, and bystanders chanted "Appeal! Appeal!" and "justice for Caylee."

One woman said, "[The verdict] is going to make millions of people think they can get away with killing their child. ...That isn't a good depiction of what our justice system is like or should be."

Jurors in the explosive murder trial headed into deliberations with plenty of forensic evidence and expert testimony to pore over. They also had seen a lot of family drama play out on the witness stand, including allegations by the defense team that Casey Anthony's father, George, and brother, Lee, had sexually molested her.

It also appeared that Cindy Anthony perjured herself in testimony about computer searches for the term "chloroform," and it was revealed that Casey Anthony told elaborate lies -- not just about the circumstances surrounding her daughter's disappearance, but about other aspects of her life as well.

A statement released Tuesday by Lippman on behalf of George, Cindy and Lee Anthony seems to demonstrate the family's conflict:

"While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life," the statement reads.  "They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives. Despite the baseless defense chosen by Casey Anthony, the family believes that the Jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented, the testimony presented, the scientific information presented and the rules that were given to them by the Honorable Judge Perry to guide them. The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio