SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — He’s was right in the middle of the Casey Anthony saga. Sacramento-based bounty hunter Leonard Padilla talked to CBS13 about Dr. Phil’s interview with Casey Anthony’s parents Tuesday and says one part of it is not true.

It was the first TV appearance for George and Cindy Anthony since their daughter Casey’s acquittal for the murder of her daughter, Caylee, in South Florida.

“Was I taken for a fool? Absolutely,” George tells Dr. Phil.

“Where you parenting from guilty?” Dr. Phil asks.

“Possibly,” George responds.

And the doctor wasted no time asking Cindy if she ever believed the defense’s claim that George helped Casey cover up the crime.

“No, not when it came to his family as far as Casey and Caylee,” she says. “George would never have put us through those six months of not knowing where Caylee was if he knew where Caylee was because I watched his heart break every single day and I watched him as frantic as he was.”

Watching the exchange, Padilla said, “I think George has mixed emotions about being a cop. He knows that his daughter was the cause of his granddaughter’s death. He loved that granddaughter.”

Padilla flew to Florida to bail Casey out of jail after her arrest in 2008 and spent several days with the family.

He particularly took issue with one part of the Dr. Phil interview.

“People don’t know that she had a gran mal seizure after she came home for the very first time,” Cindy tells Dr. Phil. “She had that second one after she was home after she’d been arrested, when she was out on bail for the first time. America has never heard that explanation before.”

Not so, says Padilla.

“That’s a lie, that’s an absolute lie. During the time she was released into our custody, that never took place,” he told CBS13.

But even after Casey’s acquittal, it’s obvious George and Cindy don’t necessarily agree with each other on exactly what happened to Caylee.

“Do you believe she was in that trunk?” asks Dr. Phil.

“Some parts of me do believe she was back there, I do,” George answers.

“Do you?” Dr. Phil turns to Cindy.

“I don’t know,” she says.

As for Padilla, he wants to know more about the fight Cindy had with Casey the last night she saw Caylee alive. He thinks that could shed more light on how everything happened.

Part two of Dr. Phil’s exclusive interview with the Anthonys airs Wednesday at 3 p.m. on CBS13.

Comments (6)
  1. JanCorey says:

    The whole Anthony family are victims of the media and wrongful prosecution. To spend hundreds of thousands of tax-payer-dollars only to get a few convictions on misdemeanor lies is ridiculous imo. Obviously Casey is not responsible for the death of Caylee, at least according to the Court.

  2. Leonard the fool says:

    Padilla is a publicity hound, interjecting himself in the case…… be on TV. Should have minded his own business. If he hadn’t bailed her out for free, she might just have talked.

    I work in Law Enforcement and we all think Padilla is a Clown.

  3. jackie says:

    I feel nothing but sorry for both of them Cindy has suffered a complete mental breakdown of some kind, what parent or grandparent wouldn’t, she is still in a mental stuper over her little sweethearts horrible death and the fact that her daughter killed her, she is in deniale, my heart goes out to her, but Dr.(ha ha)Phil made me so d–n mad the way he attacked them as tho Casey were a child and not an adult and that THEY should have known what their adult daughter was doing all the time. Poor Cindy is grasping at anything to explain what happened to make her daughter do this horror, she is lying like crazy, I think lying is the norm in their family. Dr Phil really goofed at this interview as far as we are concerned, ten whacks with a wet noodle for him.

  4. Rita Castel says:

    Spare the criticism on Padilla. He tells it the way it is! You may not like the fact that he is tactless, but he says the truth about what he saw and heard. Cindy is a demented lying, covering individual. She enabled her daughter to steal , lie and yes kill that child. If she would just ONCE in her life stand up for justice for Caylee and show NO support to KC, KC may have broken down and told the truth.
    Pedilla;s theory is as close as we will get to how she did it.

  5. Sara says:

    It is absurd that any parent or grandparent would alow 31 days to go by without finding out what happened to their grandchild, particularly when she lived with them and they could not even speak to her on the phone. Why would they let go the lame excuses their neurotic daughter would tell them, They new she always lied about everything and to leave 31 days elapse is should horrific. Cindy and George should not be given any interviews. Cundy comes across as being completely oblivious to rationale of any kind and she is sounding quite stupid

  6. barb says:

    I watched the show. Dr. Phil did a great job of trying to get information from George and Cindy. Cindy is in a giant state of denial. George looks afraid to say much of anything, he just looks at Cindy most of the time. He knows what happened just like the rest of us. Is anyone still trying to find out what happened to beautiful Caylee?

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