‘Tot Mom’ Casey Anthony parents battle to save home where toddler may have died

The parents of accused child murderer Casey Anthony filed a countersuit on Tuesday in an effort to save their family home from foreclosure and public auction.

The Daily Mail reports that Cynthia and George Anthony countersued US Bank in an effort to save their home in Orlando, Florida. US Bank sued the Anthonys in April, claiming the couple had not paid their mortgage for over six years. However, documents filed with the court in Orange County, Florida, indicate the Anthonys claim the lender has not kept up with the agreement allowing them to obtain a loan modification on the property.

Built in 1986, the 4 bedroom, 1 bath house on the ironically named “Hopespring Drive,” was assessed with a market value of $139,481 in 2016, according to real estate website Trulia. According to the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office property taxes in the amount of $1,245.75 were paid on November 23, 2016.

The Anthonys have faced foreclosure on the property before. According to court documents Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, initiated foreclosure proceedings in 2013. The two parties seem to have entered into a settlement agreement and that case was dismissed in 2015.

Casey Anthony lived in the home with her parents prior to her daughter Caylee’s disappearance, and the subsequent discovery of the toddler’s remains in 2008 were not far from the home. Prosecutors believe Caylee died at the property. A jury acquitted Casey Anthony in the murder of her child in 2011.  Casey and her father George are estranged and no longer speak to one another.

[Feature Photo: AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack]