Casey Anthony's Parents Defend Themselves in 'Dr. Phil' Interview

George and Cindy Anthony speak out for the first time since Casey was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee

It's the murder case that shocked the world twice: first when Casey Anthony was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, and second, when the guilty-looking mom was acquitted. Now, two months after the controversial verdict, Casey is hiding from the media -- but her parents are speaking about the trial for the first time.

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, George and Cindy Anthony answer tough questions about the disappearance of their granddaughter. The below preview clip from Today shows McGraw discussing a MySpace message titled "My Caylee is missing," which Cindy posted 12 days before she called 911. McGraw asks, if the family knew that Caylee was missing at that point, then why did no one report her disappearance to the police?

"Caylee was missing in my heart that day. She wasn't missing physically," explains Cyndy. "I thought I knew where she was at. I wanted Casey to know how much she was hurting me. And I thought she was purposely keeping Caylee away from me."
 



McGraw, who says that no limits were placed on his questions, asks the Anthonys about the allegations against them raised during the trial -- for example, that George helped his daughter hide Caylee's body.

"George would never have put us through those six months of not knowing where Caylee was if he knew where Caylee was," Cindy says in defense of her husband. "Because I watched his heart break every single day and I watched him as frantic as he was."

But there are many things for which the grieving grandparents still don't seem to have answers. One key piece of evidence, for example, was a strong smell in the trunk of Casey's car, which Cindy described in her 911 call as smelling like a dead body.

"Truthfully, to this day, I don't know (what the smell was)," admits Cindy.

"Do you want to believe Caylee was back there? I don't want to believe it," says George. "All I know is that Caylee's not with us anymore. I know that."

Will the Anthonys reveal new information that might have changed the verdict? We'll see when the full interview airs on The Dr. Phil Show this Tuesday and Wednesday.

For his part, Dr. Phil said on Monday that Cindy "seems to make an excuse at every turn" and is "very much in denial." And he believes the interview will be quite revelatory to viewers. "I think it will change people's view," he said, "whether they liked them before or didn't."

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