For George & Cindy Anthony, Hiding Is the Best Bet

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George and Cindy AnthonyAs the world reels from the not guilty verdict handed down in the Casey Anthony trial today, George and Cindy Anthony are reportedly in hiding. They apparently are doing so for their own protection after receiving death threats, and I bet they are wishing they would never have to emerge and face what they now must. Because as hard as everything has been to this point, this verdict is only going to make things worse for them.

Beyond all the lies, his alleged involvement in Caylee Anthony's death, accusations Casey made against her father of sexual abuse, and potential perjury charges they may face, the worst blow to the couple in all of this has to be knowing that they raised a daughter like this. Whether the court found her guilty or not, Casey did not protect her daughter at best, and at worst, well ... unfortunately that picture was painted quite clearly -- just not clearly enough for a jury to convict.

So today when the verdict was read, I have to believe there was a part of George and Cindy that was disappointed with much of the rest of America. They -- based on what we saw and heard throughout this ordeal -- are perhaps not role models of good parenting. But to have lost their daughter to the death penalty or life in prison would perhaps have been easier to bear than what they now face -- a choice.

A statement from George and Cindy's attorney reads: “The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately.”

They already lost their granddaughter, and to now have to decide whether to lose their daughter too by abandoning her in the aftermath has got to be heart-wrenching. How can anyone forgive what are seemingly such gross sins against them? How can anyone forgive themselves for raising a child who would do such things?

Will they welcome her home as the prodigal daughter and cling to her because they have lost so much? As a spectator of the events, I don't see how they can, EVER, but as a parent, it's hard for me to say with much certainty there's anything my children would do -- no matter how heinous -- that I wouldn't somehow be able to forgive if the alternative was losing them forever.

Do you think you would be able to forgive your child after he or she acted as Casey Anthony has? Would you be able to forgive yourself for raising a child like Casey?


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jpfsmom jpfsmom

Ugh, I didn't even think of that. The saga continues...granted the death penalty would've been hard for the to face but at least it would've been closure, even if she got life, they could be comforted by the thought she won't die but will locked up...now...well, let's just say I doubt Thanksgiving will be a joyous reunion...very very sad. A family torn to shreds over such a senseless tragedy.

nonmember avatar RebeccaE

I thought I hoped Casey Anthony would be found guilty and be sentenced to a substantial jail term...at least. Another part of me hoped she would receive the death penalty. When the verdict was read I was amazed, and in a way, relieved. I hope there is redemption for Casey, whatever that means. If she is a psychopath or sociopath I know she won't change...and she'll be back out in society again, a risk. I hope that George, Cindy and Lee will move on with their lives, forgive themselves where necessary, and each other. I fervently hope that they will not be destroyed by this. I don't think they should welcome Casey home whether she wants to come home or not. I have never been a parent, however, and I don't know the love a parent has for a child. All in all my feelings are mixed and shifting. I hope for no more loss and destruction for all concerned.

jenny... jenny08_1015

Guess who's getting written out of the will!  But seriously, returning to their regular lives will be very difficult.

Mommy... Mommyof2n0308

im not in their shoes, and would hate to be. I cant say if id forgive my child for this crime. Its tough. Casey is where she belongs...in society with all these angry moms,dads,grandmas,grandpas,aunts and uncles.

Her life will be far less pleasant in society than in prison...



Denise Velazquez

No one knows the WHOLE story not even her lawyers, with all the lies that she said. I just find it hard that jurors think it's okay for a Mother to dance at bars and go clubbing knowing very well that June 16 was the day that she drowned according to her. I know the state couldn't prove that she did it, but her Actions?? That's being a good Mom?? wow... She was having a good time knowing she was gone and to be the last person seen with her? And then to blame her Parents? If they except her with loving arms then they all DESERVE one another!! I believe in Forgiveness but to accuse your DAD of sick things isn't right and very unjust if that's the case. Casey does say 31 days so she knew how long Caylee was passed away, but who put Caylee's body in the Swamp? Who does that??? Those who are not guilty in the eyes of the jury are found guilty to those who know the truth.

Peggy Kline

i belive the whole family did a cover up. and i hope thy never sleep again every time thy close their eyes the see little caylee.rip sweet caylee.

vamom21 vamom21

I think the worst part about Cindy and George's situation is that they did not know their daughter. They did not know what she was capable of. It looks like they were too busy to really get to know her enough to realize that the baby should not have been left with her.

nonmember avatar prima

The last time I saw
George anthony was when he was leaving the witness stand and as he passed Casey literaly did a "Im washing my hands of you" gesture.It spoke volumes

Judy Roman

This is a dysfunctional family. To your questions, that's easy. I wouldn't have to make a choice, they would never kill a child, period. And yes, I am sure. As someone said before me, they all deserve one another. Liars, through and through !!!

nonmember avatar Lin McKay

As a parent of three . . . all in their 30s -NO NO NO no way would I invite Casey back home if she was my child. Casey is toxic. Let her make millions on selling her story and get the heck out of her parents' and brothers' lives. She destroys all she touches. I am a very involved and loving mother but Casey went to far in her attempt to destroy the Anthony family. Give the senior Anthony's time to recover, heal and find some peace.

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