Casey Anthony accuses her father of daughter's death and child abuse in shocking interview
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Casey Anthony is speaking out about her daughter’s death and placing the blame on her father, George Anthony in a shocking new interview.
Watch the full trailer below:
Anthony, 36, is sharing her version of events in a three-part limited documentary series Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies which will be released later this month.
The documentary marks Anthony’s first on-camera interview after the tragic death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008.
Caylee's skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a laundry bag in a wooded area near the house Anthony shared with her daughter and parents, George and Cindy Anthony.
Anthony was charged with murder and during the six-week trial in 2011, the defence argued Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s swimming pool on 16 June 2008, and that George Anthony — her daughter's grandfather — helped dispose of the body.
The jury found her not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child.
She was, however, sentenced to four years in jail for lying to police.
During a wide ranging interview for the upcoming documentary, Anthony makes several claims including more details surrounding her difficult upbringing, which she says including being sexually assaulted by her father and her brother, Lee. Both men denied the allegations in court.
Anthony alleges that her father staged Caylee’s drowning in a bid to cover up he might have been abusing his granddaughter.
Anthony takes viewers back to 16 June 2008 when her infant daughter was last seen alive.
She said: "I wasn't feeling that great, and I wanted to lay down. I had her lay in bed with me.
“I was awoken by [my father] shaking me and asking me where Caylee was.
“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."
Anthony claims she saw George holding Caylee.
She said: "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."
She adds: "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."
Anthony then says she stayed with her then-boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro. She didn’t tell anyone what had just happened and she wasn’t under the impression her daughter was dead.
“During the 31 days, I genuinely believed that Caylee was still alive,” she claims. “My father kept telling me she was OK. I had to keep following his instructions. He told me what to do. I tried to act as normal as I could.”
Anthony says she doesn’t believe Caylee drowned in the pool because ‘there was no ladder… no way for her to shimmy up, unless [George] put her in the pool to cover up what he did'. She then makes another claim against her father.
She said: “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 where I was incapacitated as a child where my body was limp and lifeless.”
Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies premieres 29 November on Peacock.