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Casey Anthony's Attorney Accuses George Anthony of Abuse

Updated on June 2, 2011
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Defense Accuses George Anthony of Knowing About Caylee's Death

On Day 2 of Casey Anthony's murder trial, Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, pointed his finger at Caylee Anthony's grandfather, George Anthony. According to Baez, George Anthony knew about Caylee Anthony's death way before she was reported missing on July 15, 2008.

In his opening statement, Jose Baez said that Caylee Anthony died on June 16th. She drowned in the family pool. Why did the family report the baby missing? Why did the body end up tossed on the side of the road? Baez claims Caylee's death was an accident that snowballed out of control.

It's not so hard to believe that the Defense team would throw Caylee's grandfather under the bus at this point -- Baez is grasping at straws.

How will the defense team skate around the imaginary nanny who had supposedly kidnapped Caylee Anthony? The public seemed very surprised when Linda Kenney Baden, who left Casey Anthony's defense team, told 48 hours that Casey lied about the nanny.

However, Casey Anthony herself, admitted that Zenaida Gonzalez did not exist. So, Baden didn't reveal a *bombshell* piece of information; in fact, it would surprise me if she left the defense team because her client was slowly boring the hole that would sink the S.S. Casey Anthony.

So, what do you if you're a member of the Defense team and your client admits that she made up the imaginary babysitter who kidnapped her daughter? You tell people she's crazy. But it's not her fault she's crazy, she's the product of crazy people. Don't blame Casey, blame her parents, says Baez. According to Baez, Casey was abused by George Anthony. She supposedly told her mother and was ignored. Casey also claimed her brother, Lee Anthony, abused her.

For the Defense team, it's easiest to pick the weakest link. Who looks unstable? Who seems to be exhibiting remorse and guilt? Well, George Anthony attempted suicide in 2009; let's pin the blame on him. Maybe the pressure got to him. He couldn't stand the guilt anymore, so he tried to take his life. Jose Baez may try to persuade the jury that George Anthony's 2009 suicide attempt was relevent to the case.

If you recall, George Anthony's alleged mistress, River Cruz, AKA Crystal Holloway, told reporters that George Anthony confided that Caylee Anthony's death was “an accident that snowballed out of control." River Cruz attempted suicide in March 2010. She used Twitter to tweet the following message before her suicide attempt: "That whole family knew what happened with Caylee. I'm tired of all this. I never wanted any of this, so now it's time." Jose Baez has used the "snowballed out of control" line throughout the trial.

Casey Anthony with her brother, Lee Anthony.
Casey Anthony with her brother, Lee Anthony.

Defense Points Fingers At George Anthony

Casey Anthony told an inmate, through letters, that her brother (Lee Anthony) touched her while she she slept, and that she "thinks" her father, George, may have touched her inappropriately when she was younger.

In the statement above, Casey seemed like she didn't know if George touched her inappropriately or not. According to Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, George Anthony abused his daughter repeatedly, and she was forced to play with the other kids as if nothing was wrong. Baez claims that Casey Anthony's brother, Lee Anthony, carried on the tradition of abuse.

'Mitigating Factors' May Save Casey Anthony From Death Penalty

Will the Defense team use allegations of abuse, the suicide attempt of George Anthony, and description of multiple 9-1-1 calls made from the home over the past decade, to paint Casey Anthony as the product of a dysfunctional family?

Members of the Defense team can use this information to build possible mitigating factors to keep Casey Anthony from the death penalty if she's convicted of killing Caylee.

There's one hole that Baez forgot to fill, though. If Casey was abused by both her brother and father, why would she even let her 2-year-old daughter near such monsters?

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Jose Baez is a slime ball.. plain and simple. I can't believe what George Anthony has been through and then Jose Baez wants to say something like that in court about this poor man not mention Roy Kronk. So sad to me that people keep saying the defense did their job.. did what they were supposed to do. There is nothing righteous, true or just about what Baez said about George Anthony. Baez is scum.

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      Jenny Calender 6 years ago

      Yep, poor gramps!

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      DC 6 years ago

      Casey got away with killing her daughter, I saw an interview with Tracy the lady who works with Mr Padillia the bounty hunter. She was with Casey for 9 days and she says Casey did not want to even talk about finding Caylee. She said Casey said that talking about Caylee was to much negativity. This girl could not care less about her daughter. Tracy said what she thinks happened is Casey got mad with her mother after having a fight with her over stealing money from Casey's grandmother and Casey left the house with Caylee. Tracy said she doesn't know if Casey gave her too much chloraform accidently or on purpose but she definitely gave the baby drugs. Anyway, Tracy says she thinks once the baby was dead Casey drove back to the house and put duct tape over Caylee's mouth and stuck that heart on and probably thought to herself I will make it look like a kidnapping. This lady Tracy really got to know Casey and she said her parents had to walk on eggshells around her because if they said one thing she did not like she would clam up or blow up and it would be a big fight. I believe this lady's theory because she was with Casey for 9 days and she found out just how selfish this girl is. She said Casey would get upset when the helicopters had to stop flying overhead because of bad weather, she said Casey used to count how many news trucks were out in front of the house. The only thing I can say is you reap what you sow, later than you sow and more than you sow.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Interesting and prophetic.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Not Guilty ... so wrong. The jurors are now trying to profit. The Justice System failed Caylee Marie Anthony.

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      Michelle Harrington 6 years ago

      Look at the father she is inisant she did not do this Comming from a family that was abused Trust me she did did not do this father is a police officer he abused her and think about it casey new something was going on and father found out he did this to her to keep her quite she is not guilty please think about this why after she is in jail would dad pay for someone to go find is grandchild find nothing and then when things got hot casyey spoke of abuse father pays someone to find his granddaughter and finds her a month later in same spot they looked a month befor while casey is in Jail put two and two o gether people she did not do this father did to cover what he did to ht\er and that little girl.

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      Michelle Harringto\n 6 years ago

      I know that she is inisant I think father had something and all to do with it father did abuse the kids frowing up I think father was doing same to that baby and casey found out about it was going to exspose her police offecer father and he did this to that little girl to blame her now she is fighting for her life I belive that

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      SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

      This is a tragedy that cannot be expalined.

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      brenda ann 6 years ago

      george-cindy, my heart goes out to you and your family, may the lord be with you all, threw this terrible tradgedy, you are all in my prays. i hope that your healing can begin soon.

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

      I think the defence attorney is grasping at straws.

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      futonfraggle 6 years ago

      I felt pretty bad when he taunted George about the gas cans.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      After listening to Jose Baez's opening arguments yesterday I've decided that he's pond scum. He was a disgrace to the legal system. I could go on but I won't. Casey is guilty but she still deserves a better defense. My heart goes out to George and Caylee. Great hub!!!