Monday, July 9, 2012

Jose Baez blames George Anthony

Jose Baez blames George Anthony, Casey Anthony suspected father of murdering child, lawyer says, The latest explosive allegation to come out of attorney Jose Baez's book about his time representing acquitted child-murder suspect Casey Anthony is that Anthony openly suspected her father, George, of murdering 2-year-old Caylee Anthony. Baez argued in court that Anthony was sexually abused by her father and that she even suspected him of fathering Caylee.

Casey Anthony suspected that her dad -- whom her attorney accused of sexually abusing her -- was the father of her dead daughter Caylee, according to that lawyer.

Anthony, who was acquitted of murdering Caylee exactly one year ago, wondered if her father George killed the toddler in order to hide evidence of the abuse, Jose Baez said.

The bombshell accusation is the latest from Baez's tell-all book "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story."

Baez first made the allegation that George Anthony had sexually abused Casey during opening statements at her 2011 murder trial. Anthony was accused of killing her two-year-old daughter, lying about it and disposing of her remains.

"It all began when Casey was eight years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately and it escalated ... She could be 14 years old....and go to school and play with the other kids as if nothing [had] happened," Baez said.

George Anthony denied the allegations when he was called to the stand to testify.

DNA testing later revealed neither George nor Casey's brother, Lee Anthony, was Caylee's father. During Casey Anthony's murder trial, her father also denied knowledge of Caylee's death.

In his book, Baez again alleged Casey Anthony was regularly abused until she was 12. Baez speculates the abuse tapered off because George Anthony was afraid of getting his daughter pregnant.

The book also alleges that Casey Anthony was molested by her brother. Casey Anthony allegedly suggested her brother had learned the behavior from their father.

Baez said the defense team had initially wondered if George or Lee Anthony could have been Caylee's father. Casey Anthony had suspected that too and, according to the book, told a psychiatrist she was worried about the possibility because her father had sex with her around the time she became pregnant with Caylee.

Prior to the murder trial, Baez said he and co-counsel Cheney Mason told George Anthony that Casey claimed he abused her. Baez said George "sat for perhaps 40 seconds with his head bowed. He didn't say a word. We certainly noted that he didn't deny it. Cheney and I looked at each other in wonderment."

Baez recalled that George finally said "Oh my God."

It was during the start of the trial that Baez had told the jury that Caylee was the victim of an accidental death and not a murder as the prosecutors contended.

"Caylee Anthony died on June 16, 2008, when she drowned in her family's swimming pool," Baez said in court.

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