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'He took her from me': Casey Anthony holds father George responsible for 2-yr-old daughter Caylee's death

It was in 2008 when Casey Anthony earned the infamous title of 'most hated mom in America' when she was arrested for her own daughter, Caylee's death
UPDATED NOV 16, 2022
Casey Anthony has accused her father, George (R) for allegedly killing her daughter, Caylee (Inset) (Peacock/YouTube screenshot, Orange County Sheriff's Office, PEOPLE/YouTube screenshot)
Casey Anthony has accused her father, George (R) for allegedly killing her daughter, Caylee (Inset) (Peacock/YouTube screenshot, Orange County Sheriff's Office, PEOPLE/YouTube screenshot)

WARREN, OHIO: Casey Anthony, in a television documentary series, will finally open up in front of the camera and talk about what really caused her daughter Caylee’s death. In the interview, she made a series of explosive claims and held her father George Anthony accountable for the death of the 2-year-old girl. In a three-part limited series by Peacock, ‘Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies’, she’ll be seen on November 29 as the first episode airs.

It was in 2008 when Anthony earned the infamous title of "most hated mom in America" when she was arrested for her own daughter’s death. Caylee’s remains were found by authorities in a wooded area around her family home six months later before she was first reported missing. Though she was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011, she was held guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. Anthony had to serve prison time for these charges. Her legal team claimed that Caylee died after drowning in the family pool.


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In her long interview, Anthony alleged that her father, George, and brother, Lee, had sexually abused her. These accusations were strongly denied by both in the court and they were never charged. In the docu-series, Anthony claims that her father staged Caylee’s drowning with the intent to hide his wrongdoings, including abusing his granddaughter, reports People.

"I wasn't feeling that great, and I wanted to lay down. I had her lay in bed with me,” recalled Anthony about June 18, 2008, the time Caylee was seen alive for the last time. "I was awoken by [my father] shaking me and asking me where Caylee was," she went on. "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," added Anthony.

Anthony said that she then saw her daughter standing with her father George completely soaked in water. "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." Anthony added, "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."

She then claims that she went to her then-boyfriend Tony Lazzaro and stayed there. Anthony didn’t tell anyone about the incident and told she was under the impression that her daughter Caylee was still alive. On asked whether she believed her daughter died of drowning, she replied, "There was no way for her to shimmy up. There's no way to explain that, unless [George] put her in the pool to cover up what he did." 

The 36-year-old alleged that she was sexually abused, "He'd put a pillow over my face and smother me to knock me out. That happened several times. I'm sure there were times when I was incapacitated as a child where my body was limp and lifeless."

Anthony feared that George had taken to abusing to Caylee as well. She expressed regret that she failed to open up about this and that she could have changed the present, "I wish every day I had said something to someone about something. Maybe then things would be different."