HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CBS4) – Cindy Anthony said in a television interview that daughter Casey Anthony has a history of seizures, but she is not sure if the condition had anything to do with Caylee Anthony’s disappearance in 2008.

The disclosure came during an interview with “Dr. Phil” host Phil McGraw that aired Tuesday.

Cindy and her husband George Anthony spoke with McGraw for a lengthy, taped interview.

Another portion of the interview is scheduled to air Wednesday and a part devoted to their daughter’s murder trial also will be shown later this month.

Cindy Anthony said that Casey also had a seizure in 2007 and another in 2008 while out on bond following her initial arrest on check fraud charges. She said she is unsure if that condition contributed to her lying to her family and authorities regarding her 2-year-daughter’s whereabouts in mid-2008.

“I’m not making justification for (Casey’s lies), but there’s a cause for that,” Cindy Anthony told McGraw. “You just don’t have a grand mal seizure.”

Casey Anthony’s defense attorneys never raised the issue at trial, though late in the case did ask the judge to have doctors examine her to determine if she was mentally fit to stand trial. Three experts ruled her fit and the trial resumed. The reports from their examination were sealed.

The toddler was the focus of a wide-ranging search after her disappearance in June 2008. Casey Anthony told police that a fictitious babysitter had kidnapped the child. The 25-year-old maintained the same story to her family until the child’s skeletal remains were found in a wooded area in December 2008 not far from the Anthony family home.

Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee in July, but convicted of four charges of lying to police.

She is currently somewhere in Florida serving a year of probation on a separate check fraud conviction. Authorities are keeping her whereabouts confidential for her safety.

Anthony’s acquittal caused a national uproar, with people protesting their displeasure with the verdict both publicly and through social media. It caused so much of a stir that the judge in the case has instituted a cooling-off period before he releases the names of jurors publicly.

The portion of the interview that aired Tuesday centered on what was taking place in the Anthony family before and immediately after they found out from their daughter in July 2008 that Caylee had been missing for a month. McGraw asked them why no red flags were raised in their minds during that time.

“There’s hindsight yes, but not in those 31 days,” Cindy Anthony said. “… I knew what I know now I would have called the Army, the Navy, anybody.”

But McGraw did ask Anthony’s parents directly if they thought Casey was responsible for their granddaughter’s death. Both said they thought it was strange how calm Casey was when she told them Caylee was missing.

“Well, the last one I saw Caylee with was Casey…In my book, one and one adds up to two,” George Anthony said.

He added that as Caylee’s mother, his daughter was ultimately responsible for her and that while she was in jail that “I didn’t believe 2/3 of what she was telling me. I thought she was keeping her away from Cindy.”

The Anthony’s were not paid for the interview, but McGraw said that the show is making a donation to a charity begun in Caylee’s name to support grandparents’ rights and missing and abused children.

Part two of the interview will air Wednesday, September 14 at 4 p.m. on CBS4.

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Comments (8)
  1. JanCorey says:

    The only people that are upset with Casey are people that have not a clue about the U.S. criminal justice system, and they were convinced she would be found guilty and subject to the death penalty, which when they look at the reality of this case, they are angry at being found to be wrong for years about the entire case that Casey was not proven guilty of anything more than a few lies and that angers those people. It is their failures in their own lives that they tend to displace onto Casey and that angers them.

    1. HOLLIE BURKARD says:

      DR PHIL

      1. JanCorey says:

        Even the court could not find that Casey is guilty of anything more than a few lies, Hollie.

  2. John says:

    Get a job you ignorant little boy. Go feed the birds with your grandpa.

  3. Hilde says:

    You seem to be the only one left thinks Casey is important. Myself I couldn’t care less what that Woman does
    Karma will catch up with her sooner or later.
    As for her Parents they too can do what they want. We, the People have a Choice to who we like or want to listen too or watch on TV and at this time it’s not any of the Anthony’s.but You enjoy if it makes You happy! JMO

  4. Jasper2 says:

    Jan, the reason MOST people are angry about Casey’s going free is that they truly believe, as those jurors who spoke with the press stated, that Casey murdered her child AND got away with it. She is a sociopath, and her behavior before and after she knew her child was dead, or likely was, prove that without a shadow of a doubt. She destroyed the evidence by making it grow cold by leading the police on a wild goose chase (at taxpayers’ expense). She should not only have been fined the actual cost of her charade to the public, but be held in custody until it has been paid in full, and any future financial gains she might make through interviews, book rights, etc., should be confiscated.

    Just in case you are not aware, the people failed to prove her guilty. That is NOT at all the same as proving her innocent. Guilty people do get away with murder…happens all the time.

    1. JanCorey says:

      No need to make excuses for the uninformed and ill-informed people out there Jasper2, there are some people still in their denial that no one can help because the acquittal of Casey makes them completely and totally wrong for over three years straight and they cannot deal with that failure in their own heads.

  5. Wayne says:

    Wow… the venom and hatred continues. What happened to our morality? Are we no longer a nation of laws? Justice was also served in another sort of way when the State overcharged the defendant. I find it odd that no one screamed when Jeff Ashton wrote a book. Let’s leave these people alone unless you have nothing else to do but get yourself worked up with anger everyday. If you don’t like these people, then try praying for them .

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