Casey Anthony’s father has responded to his daughter’s interview with the Associated Press earlier this week, criticizing the accused baby-killer of “forcing” him and his wife to relive the tragedy of their granddaughter’s death and Casey’s tumultuous murder trial, which further divided the troubled family.
George and Cindy Anthony gave a statement to People magazine through their attorney Mark Lippman, reacting to Casey Anthony’s first media interview since she was arrested for her two-year-old daughter’s Caylee’s alleged murder. She was acquitted of the murder in 2011, but was found guilty of lying to police. The statement reads:
After years of silence, Casey Anthony has decided to complete an interview and has once again pointed to George Anthony, her father, as a suspect in the disappearance and death of his granddaughter, Caylee.
George, who has continued to try and move forward from this tragedy and who was vindicated on multiple occasions, is once again forced to relive the hints, rumors, lies and allegations that are being made by Casey Anthony. He has specifically stated that ‘his heart hurts even more now.’
At the murder trial, Casey’s defense team argued that Caylee Anthony drowned accidentally in the family’s swimming pool and that George Anthony, a former police officer, covered it up. The defense also claimed that George sexually abused Casey beginning when she was eight years old.
Asked by the Associated Press about the repeated lies she told police, Casey turned the tables on law enforcement.
“Even if I would’ve told them everything that I told to the psychologist, I hate to say this but I firmly believe I would have been in the same place. Because cops believe other cops. Cops tend to victimize the victims. I understand now … I see why I was treated the way I was even had I been completely truthful.”
“Cops lie to people every day. I’m just one of the unfortunate idiots who admitted they lied,” she added. “My dad was a cop, you can read into that what you want to.”
Casey also insisted to the Associated Press that she “didn’t do what she was accused of,” and said she “sleep[s] pretty good at night.”
People have been asking for my thoughts on “Tot Mom” Casey Anthony’s latest interview
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGrace) March 7, 2017
Crime Online‘s Nancy Grace, who led media coverage of Casey’s murder trial, released a statement of her own in response to the interview.
“I have never once in all my years had a parent say they sleep pretty good at night when their child has been kidnapped or murdered,” Nancy said.
Read Nancy’s full statement here at Crime Online.
Photo: Associated Press