George Anthony told Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview that aired Monday that, while he did not want his daughter Casey to end up on death row, he was disappointed that she was not convicted on felony charges related to granddaughter Caylee’s death.
“That’s being truthful,” Anthony told McGraw in the third part of an interview on “The Dr. Phil Show.” “…I don’t want to see my daughter put to death but I wanted her held responsible for my granddaughter. I did, and I still do.”
The portion of the interview that ran Monday focused mainly on George and Cindy Anthony’s reactions to the events of Casey’s trial and to a defense strategy that pointed a finger at George not only for complicity in covering up Caylee’s death but also for molesting Casey when she was a child. No evidence was presented to support either claim during the trial.
“I’m like, oh my god, my daughter is going to walk out of here and I’m never going to know about Caylee,” George Anthony said of his thoughts as he heard the jury’s verdict in court.
Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse charges in July for her 2-year-old daughter’s 2008 death, but she was convicted on four counts of lying to police after Caylee was reported missing.
McGraw also asked the Anthonys if they would be comfortable with Casey babysitting for their other grandchildren if their son Lee ever has kids.
“I don’t think Casey’s evil,” Cindy explained after answering that she would not be concerned about it. “I don’t think Casey would allow anything to happen, especially to another child…I think she would be extra-cautious.”
Still, Cindy said she believed there was something wrong with Casey and she was afraid pregnancy could trigger it again, so until they find the cause, she would not want Casey to become a mother again, “for her own safety or for another child’s safety.”
Both of Caylee’s grandparents expressed anger at Anthony’s lead defense attorney, Jose Baez.
When Baez made the molestation allegation during his opening statement, George said, “I wanted to go and jump over this little railing that we had and I wanted to confront Mr. Baez on what he said.”
“George became his fall guy,” Cindy said, “and I was angry at Mr. Baez for that and still to this day believe they did not need to involve George in that scenario.”
Asked by McGraw, George adamantly denied ever molesting Casey, and Cindy said she believed him. If the allegations were true, she said, “he would not be sitting here today because I would have killed him myself or had him arrested.”
Toward the end of the interview, McGraw questioned Cindy about the possibility that she committed perjury during the trial when she claimed on the witness stand that she was responsible for internet searches for “chloroform” several months before Caylee’s death. Prosecutors presented computer records that indicated Cindy was at her office at the time of those searches.
Despite that evidence, Cindy maintained that she told the truth.
“On Caylee’s name—the one person that I hold most dearest in my heart—I would swear on her name that I made a chloroform search,” she said.
George Anthony said he was not sure if he could have a relationship with his daughter again after what she put the family through over the last three years. Cindy was more open to eventually reconnecting with Casey Anthony.
“I want to hug her,” she said. “I want to tell her I love her…I hope someday I get the truth.”