Mention the name Casey Anthony and you’re guaranteed to get at least one of the following reactions: cringing, eye rolling, straight-out anger. That’s because Anthony, the Florida mother who was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, is still perceived as getting away with murder (literally). While she was handed a not guilty verdict, most people believe she indeed killed Caylee (including 92% of Mommyish readers).
Now, for the first time since her trial last summer, Casey has broken her silence. She spoke on the phone with CNN’s Piers Morgan to proclaim her innocence. “Obviously I didn’t kill my daughter,” Casey, 26, told Morgan. “If anything, there’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been more proud of, and there’s no one I loved more than my daughter. She’s my greatest accomplishment.”
Part of the reason why the world hates this woman is because she always seemed indifferent about her daughter’s disappearance (never mind the fact that she flat-out lied to authorities during the investigation). It was also Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, who reported Caylee missing in the first place – weeks after her disappearance.
“I’m ashamed in many ways of the person that I was. Even then, that wasn’t who I am,” she told Morgan before going on to defend her image. “I’ve never been a party girl. I don’t drink now. I’ve probably had a handful of beers since I’ve been on probation.”
None of this matters, of course, because Casey Anthony will always be perceived as a deadbeat mom, at best. Even if she didn’t kill her daughter, she did what any thinking person deems unthinkable: failing to care that her 2-year-old had disappeared.