The defense attorney for the Caylee Anthony trial threw her grandfather under the bus by opening with a barrage of accusations against him.
Previously, Casey Anthony, the defendant, claimed a babysitter kidnapped her daughter Caylee. When that story was proven false, the defense came out with a brand new story that points the narrative right at George Anthony, Casey’s father and Caylee’s grandfather.
According to the defense’s account, Caylee never went missing in the first place; she actually died in the family swimming pool on on June 16, 2008. Caylee’s death was allegedly first discovered by grandfather George Anthony, who then informed mother Casey Anthony.
He allegedly said to her on that day: “Look what you've done. Your mother will never forgive you. You'll go to jail for the rest of your life.”
He then allegedly helped with the disposal of Caylee's body. The defense suggested that he also planted evidence against his daughter Casey and steered the blame towards her.
He was motivated by his desire to hide his alleged sexual molestation of his daughter Casey, which the defense said started when she was 8 years old.
“You will hear stories about a family that is incredibly dysfunctional, you will hear about ugly things, secret things, things that people don't speak about,” said defense attorney Jose Baez.
“On June 16, 2008, after Caylee died, Casey did what she's been doing all her life, hiding her pain, going into that dark corner and pretending that she does not live in the situation that she's living in... it all began when Casey was 8 years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately and it escalated,” he said.
George Anthony, who spoke at the trial, flatly denied all the accusations.
He said the defense’s account was the first time he ever heard the allegation that Caylee drowned in the family pool. He said he’s never seen Caylee’s body. He also denied molesting his daughter Casey.