George Anthony, Casey Anthony’s father, has been through a lot ever since his daughter was accused of murdering her toddler, Caylee. He even tried to take his own life.
In July 2008, Casey’s mother, Cindy, alerted authorities that her two-year-old granddaughter, Caylee, was missing. After months of investigation, a utility worker found Caylee’s body less than a mile from the Anthonys' home.
Police determined that Casey lied about several things for months and was eventually convicted of four counts of lying to police. Still, it was impossible to verify if she had actually killed her daughter.
Casey Anthony at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, on July 5, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images
GEORGE ANTHONY’S SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Casey was found not guilty of first-degree murder and walked away from prison after serving three years. Caylee’s death shocked the entire world, but it made things very challenging for Casey Anthony’s parents.
Things were especially hard for George, whom Casey’s lawyer accused during her 2011 trial of putting duct tape over the toddler’s lifeless body to implicate Casey in her death.
That hypothesis, which suggests that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s swimming pool, was never confirmed. George had trouble dealing with the situation even before that accusation, though.
In 2009, Brad Conway, the lawyer of the Anthony family at the time, called 911 to report that George had gone missing and took bottles of medication and some pictures, including one of Caylee.
Apart from that, he sent text messages to some family members claiming he didn’t want to live anymore. Fortunately, and after the lawyer’s call, authorities tracked George’s location through his phone.
They found him in a hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, “despondent” and possibly under the influence of alcohol and medication, but alive. Police also found a five-page suicide note in the hotel.
Although the note contents were never disclosed, authorities pointed out that it did not involve George in Caylee’s murder. Casey’s dad was then taken to a medical center for evaluation.
[George] was immediately taken to Halifax Medical Center with “incapacitating” injuries.
George Anthony and his family made headlines again in 2013 after Nationstar Mortgage requested to foreclose their Orlando home due to lack of payments.
According to NBC News, the Anthonys didn’t make a single payment for nearly three years and owed them over $128,000. It is important to remark that it is the same house where Casey and Caylee lived before the child’s passing.
It was not the first time George and Cindy Anthony dealt with a similar situation, though. In 2010, Bank of America filed a foreclosure complaint, but it was dismissed seven months later.
One year later, Capital One Bank filed a complaint against George’s wife for breaching her credit card agreement. The bank claimed she owed them over $10,000, as well.
GEORGE ANTHONY’S ACCIDENT
The family stayed away from the spotlight for years until November 2018, when George was severely injured in a car crash. He was immediately taken to Halifax Medical Center with “incapacitating” injuries.
Two months after the accident, George, who ended up with brain damage (he confuses left for right, has memory problems, and cannot use his left hand properly), revealed Casey had reached out to see how he was.
Casey Anthony at the Orange County Courthouse on June 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida | Photo: Getty Images
George also admitted he was ready to forgive his daughter and repair their broken relationship. Apart from accusing George of trying to implicate Casey in Caylee’s death, her lawyers claimed he had molested Casey when she was younger.
On the other hand, Cindy and Casey agreed that “it’s just better we don’t talk.” George Anthony’s daughter is now a registered agent of an investigation company and is determined to help wrongfully accused people get justice.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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