January 23, 2009

Breaking News! Anthony hinted he wanted to end life

Posted: 08:36 AM ET

UPDATE: A despondent George Anthony was found alive this morning in a Daytona Beach motel with a what appeared to be a suicide note after his family reported him missing late Thursday.

The grandfather of slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony was taken into custody early Friday after being reported missing late Thursday, sheriff's deputies and a family attorney said.

Detectives found George Anthony at the Hawaiian Inn Hotel in Daytona Beach at 2:30 a.m. ET Friday, said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's department.

Brad Conway, the Anthonys' attorney, told CNN affiliate WFTV that Anthony was taken into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows the state to hold people involuntarily pending a psychiatric evaluation.

Anthony has been embroiled in a crime saga involving his daughter, Casey Anthony, and his 2-year-old granddaughter Caylee.


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jeremy   January 23rd, 2009 9:11 am ET

I feel sorry for George. I've watched and listened to all the dozens of hours of interrogation footage and he truly seems like a respectable person.

It's sad that all this pressure has mounted on them, but really it was the Anthony family's own fault in getting the media SO involved. Had they not been so flagrantly in denial about Casey's story (which only got weirder and weirder), this story would not even be a fraction of the circus that it has become.

Tests of Caylee's remains determined she was dead since mid-June. Casey was interrogated in mid-July and insisted that she spoke to Caylee on the phone the day before, about the child's favorite book. Give Casey a fair trial, but really it doesn't get any more transparent than that.

Val   January 23rd, 2009 10:16 am ET

It doesn't make since to me, arresting the grandfather. The person that needs to be arrested and given the death penalty is already behind bars, the mother. My blood just boils when I think of all the lies Casey has told. She's a murderer and everyone knows it.

Set George free. The only thing he and the grandmother both are guilty of are doing a poor excuse of raising such a pathetic, pathological lieing, spoiled daughter. Lock her up, duct tape her mouth and throw away the key.

Kuy   January 23rd, 2009 12:21 pm ET

This Casey Anthony business is enough to drive anyone over the edge, of course the grandfather is having a rough time with it. I sincerely hope the grandparents can come to terms with what has happened to their grandchild and their child.

I am the parent of a murdered child. I have thought long and hard about "would I want to be in their shoes", meaning be the parents of the killer. Of course I would give anything to have my child living, except maybe have to live with the fact that my child IS a killer. These grandparents are facing both sides of that, they lived with and cared for the tot, and I'm sure they love their daughter too.

Grand-dad needs some time to get himself together emotionally, maybe some medication, definately some talk therapy, his head must feel about to explode right now.

Charles Bula   January 23rd, 2009 6:15 pm ET

George and Cindy Anthony have always built a house of drama queens, and George is merely joining in. I can't believe anyone has sympathy for these parents. Their years of berating and terrorizing their own two kids created the childrens' needs to lie to avoid pain and agony. Now George and Cindy are merely reaping the seeds they've sewn. And yes, as coldblooded as it seems, I know Caylee's in a much better place than in the so-called "care" of anyone in that family. -Chuck

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 8:42 pm ET

George wasn't arrested.He was taken into custody than taken to the hospital for mental problems trying to hurt himself to talk to someone.

Now listening to the news George said he wanted to end his life and be with Caylee.He texted his wife Cindy many times.This to me seems that George needed to talk to someone other than his wife or son.Had he wanted to end his life he would have text her and done it.
He was calling for help.
What I gather on the news his lawyer said he was stress by what they've been hearing on the news with the media and public.I know one is innocent until proven guilty but if anyone stressed him out Casey,her alone is to blame.It's not the media nor the public.This again seems that ones are putting blames on the wrong ones.

Before this happen to Caylee Casey and George had many arguments with him saying she needed a job because she was stealing from the grandparents and them.Cindy told ones that she worked with that there were tention between father and daughter at home.
I'm sure George blames himself thinking that if he didn't come on strong with Casey his granddaughter would be alive but Casey is the one to blame.This girl lied so much.It was like lies covering up lies and not getting stories straight.Usually an innocent person will tell one story and stick to it.

I don't think Casey is thinking about her parents.I think Casey is for Casey and who falls is their problem.I doubt she shed any tears.

Now about the little girl being in two bags like someone stuck her in another one with a heart shape tape over the other one that was over her mouth and nose then a winnie the pooh blanket stuck in,who did that?The only way anyone will know anything is IF the real killer comes clean.

Diane   January 23rd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

The more suffering I see her family endure, the more I see video and pictures of that beautiful baby, the more I have to clench my fists when I think about Casey Anthony.

I have to wonder about people who think they know everything about these parents of hers and are so quick to crucify them. Sure, they are in deep denial about their daughter but jeeze, cut them a break.

There is MORE than enough sufficient evidence to lock this witch up. Let them be in denial, let them take their anger out on the media, it is not going to affect the outcome of her trial.

Dolores   January 23rd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

I feel so sorry for this family. What I feel is making it so much worse is the fact of those protestors and television crews outside their home. I understand that it is news, but what purpose does it serve to do that to "innocent" people?

Celina   January 23rd, 2009 9:05 pm ET


I feel very sorry for these parents. This woman has put her parents through so much. This story is a story of a selfish daughter who has thought of no one but herself. We have ruined our children by doing to much for them. This daughter in jail has thought little about what she has put her parents through. She does not care about her parents. I understand how this father is overwhelmed. We need to pray for these parents.

Toni L. Los Angeles   January 23rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I think he fathered little Caylee and realized there would eventually be DNA confirmation of this. After all, "father unknown"??? Please.

Scott Gordon   January 23rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

For the last 4 months i have been getting a feeling that george anthony had something to do with his grand daughters death. Why hasn't the mom spoke up about her part in the death of caylee?

I think georges daughter is keeping silent to protect her dad . i think its gonna take a nasty turn in the next week or 2.

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

One more thing that bothers me about Casey and her lies.
Cindy is a nurse and was the one that call the police saying it smell like a dead d- body in her daughter's car and that her granddaughter was missing.
George worked as a police detective and in a video he did state 'ok I'll be honest the truck of the car smelled like a dead body.
Later Cindy said it was pizza with maggots on it.
Both Cindy and George knows first hand the difference between a dead body and garbage that can smell bad if left somewhere.
They stated that they will stand by one another as a family.Lee the brother stated he felt she did it and that's what I heard so maybe this is working on both the parents.They know if Cassey was the kind of daughter who tells the truth or one that has lied growing up in order to get out of things so she wouldn't get punish.Cassey said herself she didn't want to face her mother that is why she waited a month to say something but fact is she didn't go home to mom it was Cindy that found out where she was and confronted her to the where abouts of her granddaughter.

Mike   January 23rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

The Grandparents were involved and especially the Grandfather is guilty He will confess

Uche   January 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Even as I feel for the Grand Parents of the little girl, I feel the Media should give this issue a rest. They have trashed this case over and over in all the media stations. The media should stop selling ratings on the case.

Kelli from Tampa   January 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

The only curious thing about this to me is that Casey and her daughter LIVED with the grandparents. She was MIA for a month and an ex cop, the grandmother, and Casey do not call for a MONTH?

BillieJo   January 23rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Good Heavens, LEAVE THEM ALONE! Don't you realize it was in GREAT part the fault of the media coverage that led that poor man to this. They have had news cameras in their faces since day one and now even the poor wife can't grieve her husbands mental state in the privacy she deserves. How would you like it if your spouse wanted to commit suicide and news media rushed to cover every single minute of it?? People showing up at the house throwing things at the house and it wasn't because they cared about Caylee it was because the news media was there and they wanted their faces on camera!

Ricky C Williams   January 23rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

As much media attention that his whole case is getting, Im sure some other kids who are missing could have been found by now. I feel sorry for their loss but what about the kids that come up missing every day that only get a 15sec clip...with no story just a pic and circumstances in text? If you blink you would miss it...what about them

Diane   January 23rd, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I don't think it is curious at all that George and Cindy did nothing while Casey and Caylee were gone for a month. Casey and her parents had been fighting, according to reports. It is common for people to remove themselves from their family's presence when they are at odds with them. After 1 month, Cindy DID take action...hence the 911 call.

Craig   January 23rd, 2009 9:18 pm ET


A.   January 23rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I wish you would stop showing the same pictures of the family during your interview with your guest! It's enough, please. You are only adding to these people's ordeal.

christine   January 23rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

dearest george,i know your heart is broken.,I'm so very sorry your in this dark place.,i along with so many are pulling for you, and cindy.hang in there loved one,i know it hurts,but hang in there.

Joe Rumaker   January 23rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Chief Chitwood may have physically driven George Anthony to the hospital but the "media" is the real driving force. Enough already. The endless, senseless repetition on HLN is enough to drive anybody over the brink let alone someone as close to the case as he and his wife. Caysee Anthony may be guilty but let the courts decide it. She has been tried and fried in the media. I can sympathize because my wife and I lost a grandaughter 27 years ago and the perpetrator got away with murder just because of a reporter who felt it necessary to defend the defendant in the newspaper. The defense lawyer was very convincing but he was only doing his job. The prosecutors led us to believe they had an open and shut case and advise us not to attend the trial. What a mistake!

sharon ernzen   January 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Could Caylee's grandpa have done this to make it look like he may have been a part of it to help his daughter? Whatever the reason I am praying for all of them. It's a horrible thing they are going through.

Carolyn - Canada   January 23rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Is Mr. Anthony so suicidal because he actually did it himself and is riddled with guilt? This seems obvious to me by his recent attempt to kill himself. Come on, his daughter is in jail for something he did, even maybe by accident. Why aren't they discussing this on the show?

private   January 23rd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I cant even began to imagine what these grandparents are going through,however THEY are the ones who first started attacking those who were trying to help them,,,,,this angers me due to the fact the anthonys only seem to "NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT " when the tough questions are asked. The only victim in this matter is CAYLEE,,CAYLEE,,CAYLEE. Im sorry for the loss of the grandparents,,,but they are not the victim,,Caylee is,,,the public wants justice for her,,not the those that are liveing and breathing and old enough to make choices for themselves

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

My son and both my little grandsons were murdered in August 2007. My daughter-in-law, mother of the two little boys, is awaiting trial on three counts of first degree murder. I've been very distressed at the way Caylee's grandparents have been treated since her remains were found. Believe me, one of the most painful things a person can say in these circumstances is "You must have known something." Oh, Larry, if you only knew how many sleepless nights you spend going over and over everything in your head. The truth is, NO ONE THINKS SOMEONE THEY KNOW WILL KILL THEIR CHILDREN! When that person is someone you love and trust, that's even more true. Hindsight is not the same as real time. There is nothing, NOTHING that could have made me suspect she would commit murder. My mind doesn't run that way – never entered my head. And I'm sure it didn't enter the heads of Caylee's grandparents.

Diane   January 23rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Maybe they are not discussing the possibility of George killing Caylee himself on the show because it is a really lame theory.

Sigh. It takes all kinds...

Jean   January 23rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Why, of all the experts in the world, is CNN listening to "Dr" Phil. He is NOT a doctor and has no more knowledge that any man on the street. CNN should be more responsible

BillieJo   January 23rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

In addition, absolutely NO ONE knows what went on behind closed doors with that family except "that family" Do not be judge lest ye be judged. I abhorr the thought of what that mother is "suspected" of doing but our troops are fighting for our freeedom and our rights and those rights include innocent till proven guilty, I know in my heart she did it but I am not her parent so it is easier for me to say that but I refuse to go against my American rights and deem her guilty until a jury states such. All I can do is pray for those who have been hurt by all of it and mostly for that precious little angel. Her grandparents can't even give her a decent and dignified burial yet. She is still laying in that mortuary in a cardboard box! They may be in denial but who are we to know if we wouldn't be as well if it were our child and grandchild. God help them.

Jeff Karlin   January 23rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I feel very sorry for the grandparents. The focus tonight has been on the grandfather with his pain being so great that he tried to kill himself. But what about the grandmother. Her granddaughter is dead, her daughter is in jail, and now her husband has tried to kill himself. She has to be a very strong woman to get through all of this.

BillieJo   January 23rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

In addition, absolutely NO ONE knows what went on behind closed doors with that family except "that family" Do not be judge lest ye be judged. I abhorr the thought of what that mother is "suspected" of doing but our troops are fighting for our freeedom and our rights and those rights include innocent till proven guilty, I know in my heart she did it but I am not her parent so it is easier for me to say that but I refuse to go against my American rights and deem her guilty until a jury states such. All I can do is pray for those who have been hurt by all of it and mostly for that precious little angel. Her grandparents can't even give her a decent and dignified burial yet. She is still laying in that mortuary in a cardboard box! They may be in denial but who are we to know if we wouldn't be as well if it were our child and grandchild. God help them. Thank you
Billie Jo

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

It's a sad situation but if Casey was afraid of her mother like she said she was than maybe it would be good for Cindy to be in a room with her alone and talk to her one on one.A mother knows their kids more then the kids think they do.
That picture that showed Kaylee and her great grandfather who is in a home looks sad.He looks upset and Kaylee look like she was clinging to him.I wonder if the police talk to him.Many elders just because they are in a home doesn't mean they've lost their memories.

Sharon   January 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

What happened to Ted Haggard tonight?

angela   January 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Yes Garagos, we prejudge that the sun will rise and set every day in all 50 states. Why, because it's the truth. The truth is something we the people use as a guide. it is not the fault of the people that some people choose to do wrong. We the people have aright to condemn what is wrong.

Diane   January 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Amen, Jan in Whittier CA. I hope the majority of people see that logic. Sometimes I wonder, seeing these comments on here.

George and Cindy are victims. What parents are perfect? If they spoiled their daughter and did not teach her consequences for her actions, it is unfortunate but does not call for the treatment they are receiving!!!

E Valdes   January 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

It is heartbreaking to watch Mr Anthony especially during the visit to Casey. You can tell he knows she did it. What I don't understand is the fact that no one mentions Caylee's father. Who is he? I can't believe that not one man who has been with Casey ever thought that child was his other than Tony. This case reminds me of a movie based on real events. At the end the girl's parents asked her "why?" She said, "You never punished me." If I can remember the case was based on a young woman who killed her child. Casey's motives may be different but I think she was envious of her child. By the Anthony's interaction with Casey they must have treated her like their princess and Caylee took her spot.

Dan in NH   January 23rd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

No motive? I investigated child abuse for 16 years and I can think of a motive. Caylee cramped Casey Anthony life style. She didn't want to be a parent and it doesn't sound like she ever bonded! Her granfather might have wanted to end it because she he did not want Caylee to suffer the lifestyle with their daughter anymore. I am sorry, but the usual suspects, at least initially, in these type cases are family, as they are generally the people involved. More than 1,200 children die every year at the hands of their parents!

Cheri   January 23rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I just cannot believe for a minute that an retired police dectective did not know his daughter had not worked in 3 years. I think they should look at Tax forms and see if George claimed Caylee/Casey, that would answer everything. I have 3 college kids and I cannot believe they never saw a paycheck, a stub, anything! Who was paying for the car, insurance, gas, diapers...come on, no one is that dumb! I think if they would have not defended Casey so much and asked the tuff questions, they could have ended this early on, but they chose to allow Casey to weave this web that made no sense, she wasnt working, why would there be a nanny!!!!!! HELLO!!! How was she paying for the nanny!!!! PLEASE!

private   January 23rd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

are you kidding me billie jo ,,,,,lets not forget ,,,,they have put their selves in lime light ,,,,if they would of shut up to begin with this wouldnt be happening now,,,period,,,and they recanted what they initally said cause they never knew how far this would go and upon reliseing it,,,they said woo,,,wait a minute weve said too much,,,now lets protect casey,,,again the media is there because they welcomed them untill the truth started to come to light about their daughter,,if you ignore the media they cant harm you period

Karen   January 23rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

This family has been destroyed. It is obvious that their daughter DID kill their granddaughter. She has lied and misled police and everyone else who has tried to help find the missing toddler, or the remains of the toddler.

I would ask the public to put themselves in the shoes of the grandparents at this point. They are in denial for good reason. Who among us would ever want to admit that the daughter we love and raised is capable of killing her own child? Leave them alone. They have to live with their own decisions to stand by their daughter or not.

As for Cayce, let her rot in prison.

joy   January 23rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I think what the anthonys are going throught is awful ! Perhaps the reporters should leave them alone and grieve in private ! They didn't ask to be put in this situation there daughter made them a household name , its not fair that she's siting in jail were the media can't get at her instead its constantly her parents ! The devestation that they have been throught is awful and no parent or grandparent should have to go throught that and know with all this evidence pointing to casey may be more then he can handle ! He is always saying in media he would give his life for his granddaughter and he almost did george and cindy anthony are in my prayers !

Linda   January 23rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hi Larry

I love your shows, never a dull moment. Based on Caylee’s case, I believe everyone in the family knows something about her death; her grand parents, her mother and her mother’s fiancé. We are talking about a month before alerting the police. It’s ridiculous. Is that the grand parents were not keeping in touch with their daughter let alone their grand daughter, at least via the phone? And her fiancé too? They know something; it’s not only Caysee the mother of the child that is involved. I can’t wait for the truth to be revealed. So help them GOD.

Northwind drive, Georgia

carole   January 23rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

george anthony looks guilty to me. He goes a whole month without knowing the whereabouts of his grandaughter yet he wants to commit suicide to be with his grandaughter ???

Diane   January 23rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

OMG, the ignorance of some of these comments are nauseating. astounds me. George Anthony had nothing to do with murdering his granddaughter. Whether he knew Casey was working or not working or whatever, so what? It matters why? ??? Really? I mean SERIOUSLY?


Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

That is SO not true, "Private". When you don't talk to the media they use that very fact against you and print stories about the fact that you won't talk to them so you must have something to hide. Been there. Remember, in the beginning this was a case of a missing child. If a child you loved was missing you would try to galvanize the public through the media, too.

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Kaylee could have been buried already instead of laying in the mortuary in a cardboard box.They had the 2nd autopsy weeks ago.
Word was out the family was thinking of cremation because they said they were worried someone would steal her.The only thing is if yrs to come and they found something out they can't dig a body up.According
to the Nancy Grace show no one goes there to visit Kaylee.She's been sitting there from the time they put her there with no visitors

Kelli from Tampa   January 23rd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Agree with you Dan in NH- I worked closely with DCF in FL for 4 yrs.

BillieJo   January 23rd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

"Private" No, I am NOT kidding and living nearby, I know they never had a choice and regardless of who said what when, YOU do not know what happened nor does anyone else but Casey. Hopefully you will never have to find out personally what it is like to go through anything like this. Listen to Jan in Whittier, she is soooooo right!

Carolyn - Canada   January 23rd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

You can assure Joy Behar that she will probably have a field day in the next few months and years with Dr. Biden as well. She let loose on Oprah something she shouldn't have that supposedly Obama offered to her hubby, Vice President or Secretary of State. The two Bidens will be fodor for the comics, thats for sure. Bet Obama wishes he had picked Hilary for VP now. Oh boy.

Kelli from Tampa   January 23rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET is scary to think people listen to that. But let him keep talking and Republican's will not see the White House for a LONG TIME...and after the financial devastation they have caused in this country that is OK with me...KEEP TALKING RUSH!

anne gray   January 23rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Re Caylee family

Reports, Nancy Grace, Larry King and the like are adding to the suffering of the Anthony family by constantly analyzing and repeating the same imformation over and over again. Enough.


valisha   January 23rd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Hello to all
to begin, may god show mercy upon us all. My opinion is if you interigate the father alone I think that you will have a break in the case. Pay attention to all his interviews or just watching him on tv, He always have his head down with a look of disapointment or perhaps guilt written all over his face. If you really pay attention his wife is always the out spoken one, she's the pace setter with the start of all the conversations. My vibes tells me that this guy knows something or perhaps he's totally lost. Maybe his wife and daughter really have him fooled. The mother and daughter both look demonic the conversation they carry over the phone in jail seemed so fake, they're always talking about a bunch of nothing and of course the father was in the background with his head down as if he's in shock, lost, denile, or trying to keep from exposing the truth. .... Only god knows best! Have a great day.

private   January 23rd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

billie jo ,,, i only jusdge by the facts of the case and what i hear come from their mouths,,nothing else

Deirdre   January 23rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I hope that you all at Larry King will pass along the positive messages tpo the Anthony family. My heart is broken for this family. They are in the midst of something that inconceievable to most of us. Mr. Anthony, my humble opinion is that you are such a strong person. Right now you can't seem to find your way but that is why you have a family. I can tell from her presence that your wife is a STRONG women. You have to have faith in your god and hold onto one another. Caylee loved you so much> I can tell from the family videos. And how would your wife get throughthis without you. You both have so much to bear with what is going on with your daughter and th eloss of your granddaughter. Please be there for one another and know that a brighter day is ahead of you.
I also feel like the public is so curious and the media is so invasive that it does not help the situation. Maybe what this family needs is more that 5 minutes to have some privacy. And mourn their loss. Before there is another tradgedy in this family please people back off. We (as John & Jane Q Public) are not entitled to know every detail of their lives. Are we not going to leave any evidence to be put forth in the court room or is it all going to be tried in the court of public opinion.
I just really have sympathy for this family. They are in my prayers and hope that they can find some peace. The healing process is not going to start for a while. They still have such a distance to go with the trail pending. Soo al the people who are bashing this family need to stp and just realize how lucky they are to not know the trouble and pain this family is going through. Pray from them and for their peace of mind!

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I do not think George did it nor do I feel Cindy did it.Both said they smell something like a dead body than Cindy tried to cover it up as pizza stinking.George and Casey had arguments long hard ones according to friends that Cindy works with because she felt the need to tell them to get it off her chest.
Lee the brother doesn't believe his sister and maybe this was working on George with his son and everything pointing to Cassey.
Cindy is like the stronger one,the boss and Casey admitted she was afraid that her mother would find out Kaylee was missing.
This is sad but the Only one to blame is Casey to put all this on her parents plate.

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Dan and Kelli, it's true that most small children who die by violence are killed by someone close to them. But, those are other people. Those are monsters and the dregs of society. No one thinks that someone they love will kill anyone, let alone a child. It's against everything we know about being human. And knowing a person, you know that they are a human being. You have laughed with them, eaten dinner with them. They are normal. And so, when a tragedy like this happens we are floored. Because if someone you know so well can do such a horrific thing, how do you trust anyone ever again.

LJ   January 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This case is heartwrenching, and my heart aches for the grandparents. It is a disgrace what the media has put this family through, whether a kidnapping, accident, or deliberate (which I fully doubt on Casey's part) the media has tried and convicted Casey unconstitutionally. I can't believe this has been allowed by the court, it's utterly insane. Anyway – months ago there was in a blog regarding the case that a neighbor lady named Lorraine (which happens to be my name as well which is how I remembered) had gone through the Anthony's garbage while media was camped outside the house. The woman actually took a full black garbage bag out of the trash and left the scene. Someone took the time to blog this, so why isn't this being investigated and questioned? Also, have the various friends' apartments where Casey spent alot of time with Caley been thoroughly searched? I don't see trustworthyness in any of the male friends she hung with – especially the one that thought it was funny to put a cloroform ad on his myspace page! Facts are being ignored it seems, like Brother Lee even in a jailhouse conversation with Casey told her he had located two friends of Casey's that varified to him that Zanieda did indeed exist! Why is everyone not catching these things, or is it they – like the police – choose to focus only on certain aspects or evidence? I personally feel the police and FBI dropped the ball in this case, especially in not actively following up on the Orlando Airport and Florida Mall sightings and like alot of child cases have sadly zoomed in on the parent(s). Florida has the most disappearences and the majority of them are involving Hispanics. Scary, very scary to think that there may be another child kidnapper/murderer walking free out there, with probable close access to the border.

Diane   January 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I agree with you, Judith.

I really think that some of these posters need to scamper off and adjust their foil hats.

private   January 23rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

i dont think bad of them for not speaking to media,,,,,,at all sorry if others do

private   January 23rd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

i agree with judith as well,,,my post was not really intended to attack the grandparents,,,,im jsut sayin you cant blame the media for all of this ,,,,, they can just not talk to them,,,,that was my point

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Peg   January 23rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I have 2 daughters, ages 20 & 23. I would give my life for them. I believe that I have taught them right from wrong but there is evil all around us. No one knows the true circumstances surrounding Caylee's murder other than her murderer. You can love the sinner unconditionaly even if she is your daughter. You don't have to unconditionaly embrace her sins, too. I hope and pray that the Anthony's can get the strength to overcome the media's scorn. Maybe then they can begin the grieving process. They should not be blamed for Caylee's murder. They should be supported and helped through this nightmare. Who in the world would know how to act or what to say in this situation. No wonder George thought about suicide. He must be missing his grandbaby so much. What do you do with that kind of pain? God bless Caylee's loved ones.

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I was addressing your statement that if you don't talk to the media, they can't do you any harm, "Private." I have found that this is untrue. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. And blogs full of wild speculation by people who don't know the people involved are so very hurtful. (Thinking of my own experience and not accusing anyone.) Even I don't know all the facts and evidence in my boys' case. Many things are kept under wraps until the trial. I'm sure that this holds true in the Anthony case as well. Not having all the facts, evidence, or personal knowledge, we should avoid wild speculation that heaps more pain on the victims. And, yes, Caylee's grandparents are victims, as are the rest of the family and anyone close to them.

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Having the media obcessing over this was very hard, especially since it was only my second Christmas without my boys. This is all like rubbing salt in a wound that is still very raw. It is so very hard to lose a child or grandchild, and even worse to think that it might have been someone they loved and trusted who took their futures away. Grief is hard. It's easy to despair.

private   January 23rd, 2009 10:21 pm ET

yes jan,,,but its less beleavable if it isnt heard from your mouth,,,,, i have heard several rumors and fliuffed them off about this case,,,they have made several that has brought anger from followers of the case towards them,,,i dont think the grandparents harmed the baby,,,but i think they should do as they are and stay out of the lime light,,, who guess whats speculated, they are in control not the media

private   January 23rd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

i meatn to say who cares not who guess,,,,,
yes jan but in that grief do you not first want justice for your boys,,,,,,three that you im sure loved with all you had,,,,,i would ,,, then i would mourn the *casey* or who ever the crook was that stole your boys later,,,,first get justice for them ,,, JMO

GerdaV   January 23rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

On June 15 Casey and Calee left in Cindy,s car. Apperently Casey went to a party, when Casey came back, she noticed that Calee was left in the car to sleep and died from inhaling the chloroform. Caley was placed in the trunk of the car and the car was damped some where.Apparently the car was impounded and on @ July 21 I saw a clip on TV of George Anthony being angry that he just picked up the car from the impound and it smelled like a deadbody was left in te car.
my questions are: 1) did George went with Cindy to pick up the car from the impound.2) did George looked in the trunk of the car? 3) did George noticed Calee's lifeless body in the trunk of the car.4) did George placed Calee in the plastic bag? and placed it somewhere ?6) where is the car now?
I believe George should come clean. I think that Calee died accidently., but Casey is still responsible for Calee's well being.

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 10:31 pm ET

It's been a year and a half and we just had the second arraignment this week. Justice takes years and the years take a toll. With appeals, etc., taken into consideration I may never see justice done in my lifetime. Many parents of murdered children don't.

Dan in NH   January 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm ET

"Dan and Kelli, it’s true that most small children who die by violence are killed by someone close to them. But, those are other people. Those are monsters and the dregs of society." Sorry, but that isn't the way it is, and I can tell you that by 1st hand experience. Many children under 2 die with ALTE's caused by shaking, They have broken ribs in the back, retinal hemorrhages and death, many times due to brain swelling. Many stop breathing before they get to an ER! The only "crime" many children that die from shaking commit is that they were crying. Now that is a great reason to kill a child! Sorry, but I have seen many children that don't bond, as their parents are incapable to bond. Any physician or nurse can recognize that before the child ever leave the hospital. It isn't rocket science! And it is not the "dregs" of our society committing these crimes against children. I am not saying the grandparents are guilty of anything! I don't know. All I can base it on is MY experience, some 3,000 cases!

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 10:40 pm ET

This isn't a murder mystery or an episode of CSI. These are real people going through very real pain. I wish people would stop treating real crimes like a puzzle to be solved from an armchair. I understand the sympathy and interest. But I also know how much speculation hurts.

BillieJo   January 23rd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Before I leave I just want to leave a personal comment for Jan, In his name I pray you will find peace in the knowledge they are in the arms of our loving Father. May he grant you that till the day you are reunited through the love of our God Almighty. Good night and God Bless.

Jan in Whittier, CA   January 23rd, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Dan I said that most children who die by violence are killed by someone close to them. I was trying to make a point that in our society we think that these killers are monsters who are different from us and those we know. The general public, who are not touched personally by this, think that murder only happens with monsters and gang members. They even treat the surviving family members like murder might be catching or that they may be monsters themselves. You don't need to tell me about your experience – I have my own. My grandsons, ages 3 and 7, were sleeping peacefully in their bunkbeds when they were smothered with a pillow. That's not an accident, or frustration – that's deliberate.

mark george   January 23rd, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Larry, can you please ask CNN to be responsible for that foolish lady nancy grace accusing people and blowing her own trumpet. It seems to me that CNN is now a cheap showcase for nancy's warped sense of justice and her assumed guilt. one day she is screaming her head off like as though she is the voice of justice and Casey's parenst are evil. She is responsible for killing one woman and trust me if George had killed himself, i for one would have placed a lot of blame on that warped show called "Nancy Grace', where she humilates the experts and is all the while talking of her kids. Even today, when all of us were shocked ans saddened by the news of George, nancy talks of her 'twins' and her own loss. Gosh what a woman! I hope some day she will pay for this. She even had the nerve to say that if anyhtign happened to her twins, her parenst would die too!! And thos fake callers. PLEASE TAKE THIS WOMAN OFF THE AIR. Let someone like Jane do the show. She says Casey is selfish and ....; trust me nancy you are worse! You cannot think of anyone other than yourself. National TV is not your photo album and we dotn care for your kids. we dont wnat to see them or hear about them. just do your work and go home. They are kids and innocent, please dont make us hate them too, cos we hate u so much!

Judith   January 23rd, 2009 11:18 pm ET

In the State of Florida if convicted, Casey could get the death penalty.
Both George and Cindy understands this.
With this happening with George Fl just might give her life in jail if the Anthony's lawyer tries to push this and asks the Court to have mercy on the family.Casey's parents might beg the Court not to give the death penalty to their daughter because it won't bring back Kaylee and because they lost a grand daughter they don't want to lose their daughter.Would this be justice?I have no idea but if someone outside the family would have done this and the one that murders someone that parent too feels the same guilt of 'what did I raise'.I know I couldn't nor would I want to be on that jury.
Casey's lawyers might even try to move it to another County,but everyone in the Country knows this sad story of this precious little girl.

Tamara   January 24th, 2009 12:09 am ET

No wonder this girl has issues and is being held as the primary suspect of murdering her child–Grandma and Grandpa are crazy, irresponsible and attention-seeking. This family is the iconic dysfunctional family and I am sure their neighbors are not surprised by the ongoing drama. Although I suspect no neighbor ever thought something as tragic as murder would occur but to choose any other family on the block to have TV cameras out front, that house was the house to do it.

About the "attempted" suicide–Is he absolving guilt perhaps? Or is he intent upon keeping the attention on himself (and his Caylee charity) by proxy? I think investigators should extend and exhaust their reach to include the grandparents–especially the grandfather. Something ain't ever been right about him from the outset.

Tamara   January 24th, 2009 12:16 am ET

This whole suicide attempt was a post commercial, "LMN" break or another chapter in the book that they are writing to cash in on this tragic story in which they have played roles in creating.

Kat   January 24th, 2009 12:18 am ET

I feel sorry for the family.

Who really should be on trial is the State of Florida and Child Protective Services. There were several hints that, that child was being abused. I'm in a situation right now where I have been trying for years to get my children from a convicted felony child abusers home. DCF as they call themselves in Florida, dismissed the childrens cry for help. The children have complained of being punched, hit with belts, paddles, busted lips, and one of my children was beaten so bad he limped for several days. DCF was called and they told the children and myself there is no abuse because they don't see any bruises. So DCF (child protective services left the children in the home) They are terrified and refuse to speak out anymore because NO ONE IS LISTENING!

The father abandoned the children in Florida and I am the biological mother and can't get my own children.

The laws in Florida SHOULD be looked at. I'm quite sure there are MORE cases like Caylee that NEVER hits the news.

The mother in this case knew EXACTLY what she was doing. I am a mother of 5. If my child is out of my site for a minute in the store, I am frantically looking for my child. What SANE mother would not look for her child. What SANE mother would go party?

Not excusing her actions by saying she's mentally ill...she's NOT! She wanted to party without a child around. The grandparents (her parents) is going through what we call PSTD – Post Tramatic Stress Syndrome.

If this would stop being on the news and let the grandparents have their moment to grieve maybe they would be able to somewhat accept the situation.

cindybcs   January 24th, 2009 12:24 am ET

It is amazing that Caylee lived as long as she did with Cindy and Casey in charge. Poor George. He has to look at Cindy to see how he should answer...

Ellen Kearney   January 24th, 2009 12:38 am ET

I feel no pity for the Anthony's, they have been enabler's for their daughter from day one, and long before the public became aware of her. It's one thing to stand by your child, quite another to allow her to continue to avoid taking responcibility for the death of her own child. Which , by the way I do not believe was by accident. Loving their daughter is not a free pass that gives her one free murder. they need to stop playing along with this dispicable charade and tell her that they won't be part of this deception any longer. I think George's "Suicide attempt" is just another extension of the whole family's histrionic's.

nan   January 24th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Watching the George Anthony tragedy brings to mind the loss of my son in a tug boat accident where they didn/t find his body for 9 mos. His wife of 5 mos was with another man within 1 mo. as well as her mother (after the death of her husband) and her sister as well afterthe loss of their husbands. My mind couldn/t take any more and I tried to commit suicide also. My heart cries for the Anthonys as I know the mind can only take so much and then gives up.

Annette Kane   January 24th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I think it's awful that Joy can criticize Rush Limbaugh for saying things about President Obama but she can say horrible things about Bush/Cheney and think it is just fine. If you are going to talk the talk, walk the walk.

beverly   January 24th, 2009 12:50 am ET

I would just like to say that the media really does need to give these grandparents some space my heart goes out to george and cindy anthony and we all should keep them in our prayers believe me even when i see that picture of little caylee my heart just hurts so if mine hurts that bad can you imagine what thier hearts feel like.

Debra Williams   January 24th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Cindy and George was bond to be the next to break, as much media and news coverage they are getting I would have a nervous break-down to. Their daughter is use to calling the shots and being the center of attention and even behind bars, she is still the star of the show. The Anthonys need to go on with their lives, bury their granddaughter, and commit themselves to keeping her memories alive, even how short those memories were, and let Cassey rot in hell like she is going too. If the media and the talk show host stop talking about Cassey, maybe, she'll do the world a favor, and she would commit suicide, it sure would save the tax-payers, including myself years of taking care of her. Suicide, is to easy, what GOD has in store for her, death is to easy. GOD BLESS THE ANTHONYS, and remember Cindy and George, "WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY, SWEET JOY COMES IN THE MORNING". and Your morning is coming. GOD BLESS

carol kesling   January 24th, 2009 1:00 am ET

mark george, speak for YOURSELF, i love nancy grace !!!!!!!!!!! she is a little rough on her guests, BUT YOU "DO NOT" HAVE TO WATCH HER, SO "DONT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the rest of us that LOVE her SHUT-UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! simply turn her off, enough said ............. YOU OBVIOUSLY WATCH HER ALL THE TIME OR YOU WOULD NOT BE COMPLAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Teresa   January 24th, 2009 1:11 am ET

Honestly? Poor George.... I feel awful for him.... he had what he felt was a beautiful family in may and by mid June something terrible happened and his world is unraveling..... He is a victim in all this. God Bless George!

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