Casey Anthony blames her father for the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee – claiming in a new documentary it was to cover up a pattern of violent sexual abuse he also inflicted on her.
In her first on-camera interviews 11 years after she was cleared of her daughter’s murder, Anthony, now 36, said she “still [doesn’t] find out what happened to Caylee.
But “it all comes down to my dad,” she said bluntly of ex-cop George Anthony in an upcoming Peacock docuseries seen by The Post.
Anthony has accused her father – who became the main prosecution witness against her – of repeatedly raping her growing up.
“He had put a pillow over my face and was suffocating me to knock me out…I’m sure there were times when I was incapacitated as a child when my body was limp and lifeless “, she asserted.
She broke down in tears as she admitted to having ‘dark’ fears that her ‘paedophile’ father had also abused Caylee.
“I know what he did to me – and that was my fear. I had a job – to keep him safe,” she said through Caylee’s tears.
“I let him down again and again and again, because I was always protecting the person who hurt me,” she said of her father.
“I protected my attacker – and I protected his attacker. And it crushes me.”
Her father was never allowed to be alone with his daughter, she said. But the last time she saw Caylee alive, she was resting next to her in her bed on June 16, 2008, when “it’s possible her bedroom door was unlocked.”
“I know my dad was home…I was woken up by him shaking me and wondering where Caylee was,” she said, insisting “it didn’t matter. meaning” because his daughter would “never leave” without telling him.
After a frantic search, she came out and saw her father “standing there with her”.
“She was soaked. I can see him standing there in his hands, telling me this is my fault, that I did this – that I caused this,” she said.
“But he didn’t rush to call 911 and he wasn’t trying to resuscitate her. And I just collapsed with her in my arms,” she said, remembering that she was “heavy” and “cold.”
“As I’m sitting there with her on my lap, just hysterical – just staring at her not knowing what to do – he takes her from me and he immediately softens his tone and says, ‘It’s going to be fine.’ That she would be fine.
“That’s what he told me, and I wanted to believe him – because I wanted her to be okay,” she sobbed.
She still doesn’t know why her daughter was wet, but said the ladder leading to the pool was not there at the time. “There are too many scenarios of what could have happened – but his drowning in the pool is not one of them. It’s not possible,” she said.
Her dad then ‘took’ Caylee, she tearfully said, claiming, ‘But I don’t know where she went. I don’t know what he did.
“I can tell you how numb I felt and how broken and confused I felt – but also hopeful because I believed she was still okay,” she insisted, saying that she had to ‘live with’ the fact that she ‘failed my child.’
Anthony claimed she was too ‘numb’ to face what might have happened – while claiming she genuinely believed Caylee was alive until her skeletal remains were found in trash bags, along with duct tape wrapped around his head.
“Yes, I was naive. Yes, I was stupid…I thought there was still a chance,” she said.
She also blamed her father for his instinct to lie about what happened, calling him “a man unable to ever tell the truth” whose behavior she “completely replicated” when her daughter disappeared.
Anthony had grown up lying “more than I ever told the truth because the truth was too painful and too unreal to ever describe to anyone,” she said of her alleged abuse.
This included lying to the cops when her daughter went missing, she readily admitted to the only charges she was convicted of, resulting in three years in prison.
“It was the right guilty verdict – I lied to law enforcement,” she said.
“So I am a convicted liar. It’s the truth.”
She said she waited so long to tell her story because she “spent the last 10 years making sure I knew who I was – that I started to come to terms with this loss and that I had something to say to make my daughter proud, but also to honor her properly.
“And that’s part of it,” she said of the session for the docuseries.
“It’s difficult because 1,000 questions go through my head. …I still don’t know what happened to Caylee.
But “I know what I’m afraid of. I know what eats at me at night — I know what eats at me day in and day out — because I know what I’ve been through,” she said of the alleged abuse.
Even if she found out the exact truth about what happened, Anthony said it would never bring “complete closure” to her.
‘I didn’t get the ending I wanted because I didn’t get my kid back,’ she said of the ‘shittiest bad dream’ of having ‘the shortest life’ with her “adorable little child”.
“It’s the only ending I wanted. And that’s the one thing I’ll never take away from all of this.
George Anthony did not respond to questions from the filmmakers, the show said. He has repeatedly vehemently denied abusing his daughter or being responsible for his granddaughter’s death.
The Post could not immediately reach him for comment on Tuesday.
“Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies” airs on Peacock from November 29.
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