George and Cindy Anthony broke their silence in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, who confronted the couple about particular elements regarding the contentious murder trial of their daughter Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in July of killing their granddaughter.
Dr. Phil told the ladies of “The View” Monday that George and Cindy were split on Casey’s role in the death of 2-year-old Caylee. According to McGraw, Cindy Anthony was “very much” in denial.
“They have a very different view of that. He (George Anthony] is very critical. She (Cindy Anthony) seems to make an excuse at every turn,” McGraw said.
McGraw told “The View” that George and Cindy have not spoken to their daughter since the “not guilty” verdict was read on July 5, 2011, and did not know where Casey was.
The show’s creator and co-host, Barbara Walters asked Dr. Phil if the couple believed Casey was innocent or guilty – to which he replied:
“They’re very divided on that and of course they don’t know what happened and it is so hard to wrap your head around the fact that your own child that you raised could do something as horrific as what has happened here.”
In one clip from the interview played on the ABC talk show, McGraw asked Cindy and George whether they believed Casey drove around with a dead Caylee in the trunk of her white Pontiac Sunfire.
“Truthfully, to this day, I don’t know, to be honest,” Cindy Anthony said.
George Anthony added, “Do I want to believe that Caylee was back there? I don’t want to believe it, but I’m going by what investigators have told me. All I know is that Caylee is not with us anymore.”
“I know that,” George added. “I know that.”
During the trial, the prosecution had argued that Casey Anthony’s car had the smell of death, along with high levels of chloroform, and a strand of Caylee’s hair was discovered in the trunk.
The Anthonys' two-part interview will air on the “Dr. Phil” show, with the first half debuting Tuesday.
“Nobody told the Anthonys’ story and this is the first time they have ever told their story and we talk about that story. We talk about what happened,” stated McGraw.