In 2008, a massive search for missing 2-year-old, Caylee Anthony, ended in tragedy when her remains were discovered just a few hundred feet from her grandparents’ home.

The killing quickly became highly publicized after her mother, Casey Anthony, was arrested and charged with the child’s murder, Dearly reported.

The crime and following trial fractured Casey’s relationship with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony. Their daughter would also testify that her father molested her during childhood, which he denied.

Casey was acquitted in 2011 due to lack of evidence, but the relationship with her family remained strained.

But now George says he’s ready to forgive her after going through a near-death experience.

In November, the 67-year-old was injured in a rollover crash in Florida when he lost control of his vehicle, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

It inspired him to re-evaluate his family relationships, he said on Monday’s episode of “Dr. Oz.”

The father told Dr. Mehmet Oz that Casey reached out to him after the crash and that he’d like to see her sometime soon. George said:

“I would just like to tell her I’m sorry. You know that I forgive her. I forgive her and that’s hard for me to say, but you know what, I need to be forgiven by her, my son, and other family members or friends that I care so much about. Forgive me for what I’ve done. To all of our lives.”

His wife chimed in that he “didn’t do anything,” and that “it was an accident.”

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George and Casey hadn’t spoken in years before she reached out about his health. He told Dr. Oz:

“We’re not connected anymore. And that hurts. I wish I could be part of her life, but I would never feel comfortable around her. I can’t trust her.”

Though he doesn’t trust his daughter, the 67-year-old said he’s looking to forgive her “for what she has put her mom, me, my son, and also not having Caylee here anymore. I would forgive her for all this stuff.”

He said that he’s learned an important lesson in life — forgiveness is key. George said:

“I’ve come to understand is the only way I’m going to get past a lot of things in my life. I have to forgive. I’ll never forget, but I need to forgive.”

It’s unclear if George and Casey reunited following the interview.

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5 Replies to “‘I Forgive Her’: Casey Anthony’s Father Says Car Wreck Inspired Him to Mend Relationship With Daughter”

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    The day Casey Anthony was found not guilty of killing her beautiful little girl was the day Lady Justice cried. What a tragedy that Caylee’s life was ended. No family is perfect, but that family is complex. I believe that George is an emotionally broken man and rightfully so.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Why is George Anthony sorry for and why does he need to be forgiven , his daughter destroyed his family

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      I think there is so much happening with this family that will never be known. Family secrets carried to the grave. I think Casey is a very troubled gal and I think the parents saw this from the time she was little. I think George knew this and is sad that he did not intervene between Casey and her mother and get her the help she needed. I also read where Casey did not want to keep her daughter and wanted to give her up for adoption, but mom dominated and said no way. I think that was the beginning of the end for Caylee.

  • Susan Patterson 1 year ago

    The Bible tells us that we need to forgive others as we have been forgiven ourselves. “For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” Not one of us is without sin, and although it is difficult to forgive some sins, it is for our own good that we forgive others. Not forgiving others causes us to carry hatred, bitterness, and anger, none of which is good for US. Even if the person we choose to forgive isn’t sorry and doesn’t ask to be forgiven, we can still forgive. It is tough, but God gives the strength and love to do so.

    • Anonymous 1 year ago

      Does forgiving negate the pain you have suffered or does it reverse the things that have happened to you or does it mean the person who wronged you doesn’t have to take responsibility or his/her actions? No, but when you forgive and Christ can give you the strength to do that you will be free of hate and bitterness. You won’t have to live with that burden. Trust is not implicit in forgiving someone nor is forgetting. Hopefully Casey Anthony will repent and atone for what she has done. That is separate from your forgiveness though.

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