Nine years after Floridian Casey Anthony was charged and then acquitted with killing her daughter Caylee, she still maintains her innocence, according to the Associated Press, which published an interview with Anthony today.
"I'm still not even certain as I stand here today about what happened,” she told the AP about the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, which remains unsolved.
"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 has been referred to as “the most hated mom in America” by TV personality Nancy Grace. Her trial was watched by an estimated 40 million Americans.
Casey was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police, according to CNN. She was found not guilty of all charges except for four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement, according to ABC News. An appeals court later overturned two of those misdemeanor convictions.
Anthony served three years in prison before the trial, and is defiant about her “hated mom” 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.
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