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Cindy Anthony: Haleigh's Dad Made a Mistake

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On the anniversary of Caylee Anthony's disappearance, her grandmother lashes out at the father of missing girl Haleigh Cummings.

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It's been a full year since Caylee Anthony disappeared, last seen by her grandparents Cindy and George Anthony. One month later, Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, admitted that the two-year-old had been missing for five long weeks. Ultimately, the 22-year-old mother would be charged with the little girl's murder.

To mark the anniversary of the last day they saw their grandchild, George and Cindy Anthony granted CBS's "Early Show" an exclusive interview -- the majority of which they used to promote their Caylee Anthony Foundation. The foundation, according to its official website, was formed to "prevent child abduction through the creation of awareness of child safety measures and the missing child epidemic." Although the Anthonys' hearts might be in the right place, many are suspicious of the Florida couple's motives in spearheading an organization for missing children when their own daughter is accused of Caylee's murder.

Most outspoken against the Anthonys' newfound calling has been Ronald Cummings, the father of missing Florida girl Haleigh. George Anthony says he initially offered help in the Haleigh Cummings case "to show some support ... moral support." George says he promised to "stand in the background." The mother of Casey Anthony admonishes Cummings for turning down their aid. "To him I say: You made a mistake," she said. "When your child's missing, you can't turn anyone away." Cindy Anthony even dares to give herself credit for netting Cummings national media exposure on the night his daughter disappeared. "We had just got back from [Caylee's] memorial," she says. "We hurried up and made phone calls, desperate phone calls, to people. That was a day I should've just been home worrying about myself."

Do YOU think the Cummings made a mistake in turning down help from the Anthonys?


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Anonymous June 16, 2009, 6:22 PM

Haleighs dad has every right to choose having them help him or not. They need to back off. I personally wouldn’t want help from a family going through a murder trial.

Anonymous June 16, 2009, 7:25 PM

I think he’s foolish. If my child was missing i would want as much help as i could get. As long as i get my child back. Safe. The Anthonys was only trying to help. They know what he’s going through. He should be appreciative that people actually care and want to bring his daughter back home safe.

Cat Woman June 16, 2009, 7:34 PM

The Anthony’s are so clueless. They keep getting rejected because they are lying, deceiving, hostile, supporters of a child murderer who do more harm than good everytime they open their mouths. People don’t want to associate with them. They have ZERO credibility. Decent people don’t want to associate with them—there’s no “mistake” about it. This comment from them shows how arrogant they are. They just don’t get it.

HollysGmom June 16, 2009, 8:44 PM

I say he doesn’t need help from the Anthony’s nor any other agency. He knows right where his daughter is….where he put her so that NO ONE will ever find her. That’s why they talk about her in past tense. “It’s what Haleigh WOULD have wanted.”

moda June 16, 2009, 9:12 PM

Why would the father of a MISSING child want to be affiliated with the grandparents of a child who was MURDERED by her mother and their daughter? No, Ron Cummings not only ha every right to decline this opportunity, but he is wise to distance himself.

nicole June 16, 2009, 10:32 PM

let’s not forget that Cindy Anthony did not want Texas Equsearch looking for her “missing” grandchild… People in glass houses….

Anonymous June 16, 2009, 11:50 PM

Yes, They are in a big glass house!!!

Marolie June 17, 2009, 12:27 AM

The Anthony’s Live in the Orlando area, is this why they think they are in Disneyland? REALITY is, there is a DEAD child. I love my daughter, if she did something like this, the State of Florida would save a lot of money, because, I would KILL HER MYSELF. Talk about BEING IN DENIAL! They are NOT GOOD parents or GRANDPARENTS.

Todd Talmadge June 17, 2009, 12:32 AM

Huh? Did anyone read this? These are maniacs. Just people out to defend an obviously guilty daughter and there own tremendous guilt. When are we as Americans going to wake up and call a spade a spade? Sad.

Laurie June 17, 2009, 3:15 AM

Cindy and George refused help from many people when Caylee was missing - they kept the media thinking there were leads of a “live Caylee” and didn’t want anyone searching for a body - because they knew she wasn’t alive, and wanted to protect Casey. So in their protection of Casey they left that little girl out there alone - discarded - and no one in her family has yet stood up for her.

They just love being on TV - but not once in their many TV appearances have they asked people to look for the murderer of their granddaughter - shown sketches of the supposed kidnapper - has done nothing a NORMAL concerned grandparent would do. Prooves they know Casey did this. Even if it is their daughter, Caylee was a little defenseless child that only has strangers (we, the public) looking for justice for her. Her family has failed her - I’ve never seen anything like this.

I wouldn’t want them involved in any search for any of my loved ones either - that is one SICK family too involved with guilt and denial and they continue to make money off of that little girl -

Go to Casey - demand the truth - don’t support her lies any more, go to the prosecutor and tell them everything you know FOR CAYLEE’s sake - Stop the “feel sorry for me” interviews - go back to WORK - don’t take another penny from your granddaughter’s death and get a real life - then you can help other people.



susan christiansen June 17, 2009, 3:59 AM

WELL SAID LAURIE,
ONE MORE THING, WHEN CINDY APPEARS TO WIPE A TEAR FROM HER FACE, I EVEN GOT OUT THE MAGNIFIER, NO REAL TEARS!
THEY NEED TO GO TO CASEY AND TELL HER TO ROT IN HELL FOR KILLING THEIR GRANDCHILD. CUT OFF HER SNACK FUND, AND STOP SPENDING THE FUND MONEY HARD WORKING HONEST PPL ARE SENDING.
WAKE UP PPL, THEY ARE MOOCHERS TOO, NOW WE ALL KNOW WHERE CASEY LEARNED HOW TO MOOCH DONT WE!

caaligram June 17, 2009, 4:34 AM

the Scamthony’s are Cashin’ in on Caylee. What a disgrace, what a crime, what a crying shame..the tears are mine for Caylee.


I wrote this little poem for sweet Caylee:

REMEMBERING CAYLEE MARIE
I see sweet Caylee in the clouds
The softest pillows for her head
She watches us with tender eyes
An angel doesn’t need a bed.
She flutters like a butterfly
Our sweet angel in heaven above
Every tear we’ve shed for her
Sent her a message of our love.
Once there lived a little girl
So full of life and oh so sweet
Now she shines among the stars
She twirls around on angel feet.
No cares disturb her sense of joy
There’s nothing more to fear inside
Now she greets the newest babes
Welcomes them with arms so wide.
We blow baby kisses up to her
Her spirit we will always treasure
Hush, don’t cry, she is not sad
Caylee now knows only pleasure.

Helen B. June 17, 2009, 6:49 AM

Just someone please get them off national t.v.! The more they open their mouth, the more lies fall out of it. Their grandchild was not missing, she was dead all along while they insisted she was alive and with Zanny. It is time for them to fade into the background forever and forget this innocence mess. The trial will prove the point so it is time to shut up!

Cheryl B June 17, 2009, 7:11 AM

WHO, IN THERE RIGHT MIND, WOULD WANT ANY SUPPORT FROM THE CRACK POT ANTHONYS?!?!!? They are money hungry grubs!!!

Anonymous June 17, 2009, 8:28 AM

This should not be about the Anthony’s. They will NEVER realize that, but this is about Caylee and Haleigh. Not one person in that family (the Anthony’s) has demanded justice for what happened Caylee. What does that tell you? That’s a crying shame. The networks need to stop paying them for interviews, everyone needs to ignore them and the prosecutors need to build the strongest case they can against this sociopathic killer. And as they say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. I see some of the same characteristics in Casey as there are in Cindy. JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE!!!!! That’s what it should be about. The hell with their foundation. And as a side note, I don’t blame the Cummings for not wanting to associated with them.

love2bgran June 17, 2009, 8:38 AM

Cindy says you don’t turn down help from ANYONE???? Uh, did’t she turn down help from Padilla? From Equuisearch? Didn’t she treat the people who were trying to help her, like crap? She’s a piece of work. I wouldn’t trust her as far as I could throw her.

elaine cooper June 17, 2009, 8:39 AM

If it was my child i would not want them anywhere near us. They are using their foundation to help there daughter. I believe they threw caylee uder the bus for Casey. They are poison

knarahs June 17, 2009, 8:53 AM

This is one dillusional family — as evidenced by their continued peddling of their daughter’s “the Nanny did it” story. I think they have convinced themselves they can really be of help to families of missing children. However, I feel they would be better able to SERVE if they stayed in the background. Appearing on talk shows and showing up for these high-profile cases only makes it look like they are, indeed, only “in it,” for themselves and the publicity they can get. I understand them not going out and getting a “real” job — who would hire them? Their behavior in the public eye has been less than stellar — who would give either of them a job?

Laurie June 17, 2009, 10:09 AM

Cindy, how can you sleep at night - Caylee must feel so alone knowing her death was not mourned by her own mother and now her grandmother wanting to “make something positive” out of her death, and covering up for her daughter. The only positive thing that could come of this is for Caylee’s family to admit what happened, come out with the truth, let everyone heal - then Caylee can rest in peace at last.

lee June 17, 2009, 11:27 AM

No, he didn’t make a mistake. The Anthony’s are covering up for a murderer. I think the networks need to stop giving them a platform to lie.


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