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Casey Anthony's Parents Open Up About Losing Their Granddaughter In Intense New Interview

As the tenth anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of two-year-old Caylee Anthony approaches, the media is showing a renewed interest in the case that shook the nation.

Caylee went missing from the Florida home she shared with her mother, Casey, and grandparents, George and Cindy, in June 2008.

The little girl's disappearance wasn't reported to the police for over a month after it happened, but by then it was too late. Her body was found in the woods near her home on December 11, and her family soon became the main suspects.

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As the investigation progressed, authorities began to pin the focus on Caylee's mother.

They noticed that Casey showed no signs of distress over her deceased daughter, and a collection of Facebook photos revealed that she had been living as usual, partying and going on shopping sprees with a stolen checkbook, all the while her daughter was nowhere to be found.

The prosecution eventually found enough evidence to charge Casey with first-degree murder of her daughter, as well as aggravated child and the highly publicized trial gained her worldwide notoriety.

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More than 40 million Americans watched Casey's trial, and for weeks, it was one of the most discussed topics on social media.

Her team of attorneys tried to turn the blame on the grandparents, but the prosecutor was having none of it. Casey was facing the death penalty.

However, after 10 hours of deliberation by the jury, Casey was found not guilty, and was only charged for lying to the police.

Although she did admit to lying during the investigation, Casey stands her ground about not killing her daughter.

“Even if I would’ve told them everything that I told to the psychologist, I hate to say this, but I firmly believe I would have been in the same place,” she told AP. “Because cops believe other cops. Cops tend to victimize the victims. I understand now … I see why I was treated the way I was even had I been completely truthful.”

The public were furious about the decision to acquit her of the serious charges, but they weren't the only ones.

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The judge who presided over the case, Belvin Perry Jr., believes that Casey accidentally killed Caylee, and her parents are also convinced that their daughter played a part.

"The most logical thing that happened," Perry Jr. a local news station, "was that she tried to knock her daughter out by the use of chloroform and gave her too much of chloroform, which caused her daughter to die."

As for George and Cindy, they have occasionally been in the media since the case closed nearly seven years ago.

They gave an exlcusive interview in 2017 so that people can see "how traumatic it's been."

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George also opened up about his feelings towards Casey's acquittal. Although he doesn't believe Casey murdered her daughter, he thinks she should still be held responsible for Caylee's disappearance.

"She should be in jail because of Caylee not being here," he said.

Now, seven months later, both George and Cindy are opening up about Caylee's unexplained death in an upcoming A&E special titled Casey Anthony's Parents Speak.

The couple admit that they're still haunted by their grandchild's premature death, and while they have remained married, their lives have not been the same.

Here's what the new interview has revealed about the Anthony's so far:

George and Cindy don't agree on what happened to Caylee

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10 years later, and Caylee's grandparents still have different theories about what really happened.

George, who was at one point suspected to getting rid of the child's body after she drowned in the family pool, has always believed that Casey knows what happened, but Cindy doesn't buy that.

Cindy has called her daughter an "awesome mother" during the interview, and doesn't think she's capable of harming Caylee. She doesn't think the truth about Caylee will ever be revealed.

Cindy is hiding a secret

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While looking through the family computer, investigators noticed in the browsing history that someone had looked up "foolproof suffocation"  on June 16, 2008.

This evidence was never presented at trial, but Casey's mother is sure that it wasn't her daughter that did it.

When asked who the person is, she declined to name them.

The couple has never met Caylee's father

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In addition to all the questions people had about Casey, her parents and the trial, everyone was curious about Caylee's father.

Casey never revealed who he was, not even to her parents.

"I was so excited, I didn’t really bombard her with any questions," he told interviewe Elizabeth Vargas. "I didn’t ask her about the father. I didn’t ask her about any of that stuff."

Cindy accuses George of lying like Casey

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The couple's relationship has been tested numerous times in the last few years, and it appears as though they have trust issues.

Cindy has accused Geroge of lying to her about many things, including his online gambling addiction, and she thinks that's why Casey also lies.

Turns out, there was an undisclosed amount of money missing from Cindy's wallet and Caylee's savings account shortly before the toddler went missing. While George found it suspicious, Cindy defended their daughter.

"But George, Casey learned by example,” Cindy told her husband. “You lied to me for several years, and that’s where our daughter got it."

You can watch the full preview of the upcoming special in the video below:

As for their relationship with Casey, there really is none, at least not for George. Cindy, on the other hand, does have some contact with her daughter.

It was last reported that Casey is still living in Florida with the lead investigator of her defense team, Pat McKenna. She reportedly works as his assistant and internet researcher.

She broke her silence in an interview with the Associated Press last May, clearing up rumors that she wanted another child.

“If I am blessed enough to have another child — if I'd be dumb enough to bring another kid into this world knowing that there'd be a potential that some jackass, their little snot-nose kid would then say something mean to my kid — I don't think I could live with that,” she said.
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She revealed that she sleeps with a photo of Caylee by her bed and that she doesn't "give a sh** about what anyone thinks of me, I never will," she said. "I’m OK with myself; I sleep pretty good at night.”

Casey stirred up some more controversy in 2017 when she was spotted holding a baby. Celebrity news website TMZ released the photos of Casey handling the baby at a table in what looks like a restaurant in Clearwater, Florida.

The six-month-old baby is reportedly the grandson of a longtime NBC producer who has been working on a sit-down interview with the infamous Casey.

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People everywhere were outraged after the photos leaked. Even legal commentator and television host Nancy Grace had something to say about the situation.

Casey has maintained a low profile ever since, but with her parents being back in media, it won't be a surprise if she speaks out again soon.

Will you be tuning in to watch the Anthonys's A&E special? Let us know!

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.