Nine years after Floridian Casey Anthony was charged and then acquitted with killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, she still maintains her innocence, according to the Associated Press, which published an interview today with Anthony. It's her first ever with a media outlet.
"I'm still not even certain as I stand here today about what happened,” she claimed to the AP, which said that Anthony realizes many people believe she is guilty of the crime, in which she first reported her daughter’s disappearance a month after she was last seen.
"Based off what was in the media, I understand the reasons people feel about me,” she said. “I understand why people have the opinions that they do.”
Anthony told investigators that Caylee had gone away with a babysitter, and when her daughter’s remains were found in the woods, investigators concluded that similar remains were found in the trunk of Anthony’s car. But the prosecution failed to establish how Caylee had died, and Anthony’s DNA was not found on the duct tape they claimed was used to suffocate her.
Anthony served three years in prison before the trial, and was convicted on four counts of lying to police about the case. Anthony admits to the lies now, including a made-up story about leaving Caylee with a babysitter and telling other people about her disappearance. She even lied about where she worked. The cloud of suspicion around Anthony led her to be called “the most hated mom in America” by Nancy Grace, but Anthony is defiant about her “hated” status.
"I don't give a sh-t about what anyone thinks about me, I never will," she said. "I'm OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night."
Anthony’s defense attorney said that Caylee’s father was to blame for the disappearance, something that Anthony herself doesn’t seem sure of.
"Everyone has their theories, I don't know,” she said. “As I stand here today I can't tell you one way or another. The last time I saw my daughter I believed she was alive and was going to be OK, and that's what was told to me. "
Even though she agreed to talk to the AP, she later asked the news outlet not to run the story, saying that the rights to the story had been purchased by an outside company “to protect my interests.” Still, she participated in five interviews with the news outlet over a week.
Anthony now lives with famed private detective Patrick McKenna, and works for him investigating people through social media, according to the AP. She was spotted by the AP reporter protesting Donald Trump at a Palm Beach rally.
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