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Casey Anthony says she ‘wasn’t present’ for daughter’s death: ‘I did what I was told’

by Ellen Killoran

Tot mom seems to suggest her father knows what happened to Caylee

The Associated Press has published a partial transcript of a five-part interview with Casey Anthony, three days after publishing Anthony’s first comments to the media since her 2011 murder acquittal.

In the follow-up story, the Associated Press reporter asks Anthony pointed questions about how her 2-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared and died — and Anthony insists that she doesn’t know, while continuing to suggest that her father George Anthony knows more than she does.

Asked directly how Caylee died, Anthony said, “I don’t know.”

At Anthony’s murder trial, her defense team introduced a theory that Caylee drowned in the family pool and that George Anthony, a former police officer, conspired to cover up the death.

When the Associated Press asked Anthony about the drowning defense, she said, “Everyone has their theories, I don’t know. As I stand here today, I can’t tell you one way or another.”

She continued with a not-entirely-coherent explanation of why she can’t say what happened to her daughter.

ANTHONY: The last time I saw my daughter, I believed that she was alive and was going to be OK, and that’s what was told to me.”

AP: “She was being babysat? With your parents?”

ANTHONY: “No, my father told me she was going to be OK. That she was OK.”

AP: “So your parents had her?”

ANTHONY: “My dad did. My mom was at work.”

AP: “The next thing you know she is missing? How did it play out?”

ANTHONY: “I did what I was told. I don’t remember too much of what happened. Again, there were several psychological evaluations. Even after everything transpired, even months, even within a year, I don’t have personal knowledge of these things, because, and this isn’t my belief, I read the evaluations. I wasn’t present during whatever happened.

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Later, the interviewer appears to get impatient with Anthony, asking, “what the hell happened?”

Again, Anthony refers to what seems to be a description of some kind of psychological episode.

It’s not even that it’s something that’s outside of me that if I knew at this point – if I knew what actually happened, I’d be able to fill in those blanks. I’ve done enough research, I’ve done enough psychology seminars, I’ve been tested, I’ve gone to the psychological evaluations, talked about this to the point where I’ve been in a puddle and not able to talk about it for days afterwards.

The 30-year-old, who is now working for and living in the home of Patrick McKenna, her defense team’s lead investigator, also addressed the possibility of having another child.

“If I am blessed enough to have another child – if I’d be dumb enough to bring another kid into this world knowing that there’d be a potential that some jackass, their little snot-nose kid would then say something mean to my kid – I don’t think I could live with that,” she said.

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In the earlier Associated Press story, Anthony is quoted as saying she “sleeps pretty good at night” despite being aware that many believe she is guilty of murdering her daughter.

Crime Online‘s Nancy Grace, who led media coverage of Anthony’s murder trial, responded to the interview with an exclusive statement — read it here.

 

Photo: Associated Press

Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."