The grandparents of slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony have not lost faith in their daughter, Casey, even though she is behind bars awaiting trial for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter.
In a deposition Thursday in a civil suit related to Caylee’s disappearance, George Anthony angrily insisted he believes his daughter’s claim that Caylee was kidnapped by her nanny.
When she was arrested last summer, Casey Anthony, 23, told police that a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped Caylee. Authorities have been unable to the find the woman she described, but another woman by the same name is suing her for defamation of character.
‘How Dare You?’
George Anthony, 57, made it clear he was furious to be answering questions under oath. “You guys have torn apart my family so much, every single one of you,” he snapped at attorneys. “You don’t realize what you’ve done to us, and you don’t care. I hope you never have to go through what I’ve had to go through.”
Anthony also bristled when attorneys mentioned Caylee’s remains, found near the little girl’s home last December. “If you say the word ‘remains’ one more time, sir, I’m walking out this door,” Anthony said. “How dare you? How dare you?”
A Mother’s Lies
George’s wife, Cindy, 50, was no less contentious, repeatedly refusing to answer questions and at one point threatening to walk out. She acknowledged that her daughter has sometimes not told the truth, but said she was motivated by a desire to protect her family. “Until this day, I still believe that she’s protecting Caylee and the family,” Cindy Anthony said.
Zenaida Gonzalez, 38, an unmarried mother of four who lives in the Orlando area, claims she lost her job because of Casey Anthony’s story about Caylee’s disappearance. “She’s having a hard time of it,” Gonzalez’s attorney, Keith Mitnik, tells PEOPLE. “She was made to look like a kidnapper, maybe even a killer. It’s just kind of followed her around. So a name change is probably a good idea for her.”
Throughout the depositions, the Anthonys made it clear they are standing by their daughter, who maintains she is innocent. “You have to have hope,” Cindy Anthony yelled as she left the deposition. “If you don’t have hope, you don’t have faith!”