Did Casey Anthony’s dad hint ‘Zanny the Nanny’ may be code for drug that killed Caylee Anthony?

In an explosive interview for the Investigation Discovery series Casey Anthony: An American Crime, Casey’s dad and Caylee’s grandfather George Anthony speculated on what he thinks might have happened to 2-year-old Caylee, whose remains were found in December 2008, several months after she went missing.

George Anthony first discounted the theory offered by the defense at ‘tot mom”s infamous 2011 murder trial: That little Caylee drowned in her grandparents’ pool at their Orlando home, and George Anthony helped dispose of the body.

In the interview on Investigation Discovery, which aired the final episode of the three-part series on Tuesday night, George said that claim was “a bunch of crap.”

I don’t believe (the drowning). That’s a bunch of bull to me. That’s too easy of a story to bring up ‘cause if that would’ve happened, I think my daughter would’ve at least had the common decency or common sense inside to call 911 and say something.

George said that what did believe: That Casey had given Caylee drugs, perhaps to help her sleep, and that the toddler died as a result.

“I believe that Casey gave (Caylee) something,” he said. “Caylee didn’t wake up.”

George claims that Casey had access to prescription drugs like Xanax, a Benzodiazepine sedative, and when asked for its street name, he said it was “Zanny.”

When Caylee’s disappearance was first reported — 31 days after anyone had seen her — Casey initially told police she had last seen the little girl when she dropped her off at the apartment of her babysitter, a woman she claimed went by the name “Zanny the Nanny.” Her story never lined up, as police were never able to find a woman who met the description. When they checked the apartment a month after Casey said she had dropped Caylee there, it was found to be vacant, and according to building records, it had been uninhabited for months prior.

George and Cindy Anthony appear to disagree on how much their daughter should be held culpable for their granddaughter’s death.

While George said in the interview that his daughter should be “behind bars and [should] suffer like… Caylee suffered,” Cindy Anthony said doesn’t think her daughter meant to kill Caylee.

“I don’t know what distracted her or what happened,” she said, “but, as far as being responsible I feel like it was an accident.”

Still, it does appear that both parents believe Casey is on some level responsible for Caylee’s death.

In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this year, Casey Anthony said she still doesn’t know what happened to her daughter:

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.


Photo: Investigation Discovery screenshot