'Common Sense Meter Pegged,' Dr. Phil Says During Anthony Show
Missing Girl Last Seen In Mid-June
Posted 9:29 pm EDT September 22, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The case of missing Orlando 3-year-old Caylee Anthony was featured on the popular "Dr. Phil" Monday night after the show received a series of questions from viewers concerning the girl's mother, Casey.
"What so many people have asked is, 'Dr. Phil, how could a mother do this if this is happening?' Dr. Phil McGraw said. "Let me say, I'm not saying she is guilty (but) it doesn't look good to me. I mean my common sense meter is pegged. But we don't know. It is too early to conclude. "
McGraw then discussed some psychological aspects of the case.
"You could be talking about somebody who is psychotic here," McGraw said. "Whether it be a schizophrenic disorder or something where they just don't know who or where they are. But one of the most common personality patterns I see in situations like this is what is called the anti-social personality."
McGraw also discussed the facts of the case before moving on to the crowds of protesters.
Protester Actions 'Just Wrong'
The show included Local 6 video of protesters screaming and threatening Caylee Anthony's grandparents, George and Cindy, at their Orange County home.
" That is just so wrong," McGraw said. "I'm sorry but that is so wrong. There is absolutely not one shred of evidence that these grandparents have done one single thing wrong. For these people to be screaming on their front lawn is wrong."
Some of the protesters have said they believe Casey Anthony killed her daughter and that Cindy and George Anthony are covering it up.
George and Cindy Anthony's attorney, Mark NeJame, said the family has been wrongly attacked.
" It is beyond terrible," NeJame said. "It is endless and it is constant. And it just doesn't occur on their front lawn. The hate mail they get. They have spent hours speaking with law enforcement. Law enforcement has deemed that neither of them are people of interest and neither of them are suspects but because their daughter is being accused of something and because they have chosen to keep hope alive that Caylee, their beloved granddaughter, is still with us, they are being criticized endlessly and mercilessly."
McGraw said he did not know what people want the Anthonys to do.
" What is the message of the protesters?" McGraw said. "I just saw a lot of screaming and irrational anger. What is it that they are asking these people to do that they are not doing? "
" We continue to be baffled by it," NeJame said. "Some of these people have said the most obscene things (and) done some of the most obscene things. (They're) bringing 3-year-old children out on the front lawn with death posters. Somebody (put) a RIP cemetery stone on their front lawn -- horrendous things. If these people think they are helping, they are sadly mistaken. They are part of the problem not part of the solution."
NeJame said George and Cindy have helped in the search in every way possible.
" Who on the earth wants that child back more than them," NeJame said. "If anything could be done by them within the realm of human capacity, I promise you, they've attempted to do it. For them to be criticized by the allegations against their daughter is entirely misdirected."
Cindy Anthony More Breathless
McGraw talked with Local 6's Jessica D'Onofrio, who has broken four exclusive reports surrounding the case.
" Talking to Cindy on the night her daughter was arrested, she was very accommodating that night and invited us into her home," D'Onofrio said. "All she wanted to do was get her granddaughter's picture on television. She was completing sentences at that time. Now, if you talk to her, she is more breathless. She is not completing sentences as much."
D'Onofrio was asked whether it was her sense that George and Cindy were concerned about the whereabouts of Caylee.
" Absolutely," D'Onofrio said. "I have been watching this case progress. I've being watching Cindy and George get more and more desperate. (Cindy) has lost 25 pounds since all of this started. "
D'Onofrio said from what everyone has been telling her, Cindy Anthony seems to be acting more like Caylee's mother and how people would expect the mother to react to their missing child.
Padilla Expected 'Cake Walk'
Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who traveled from California to help initially bail Casey Anthony out of jail, said he did not think it would be difficult to find Caylee after her mother was freed.
" We thought it was going to be a cake-walk," Padilla said. "She wanted out. She will lead us to the child and it will be over with (and) it will work out. "
Padilla said Casey Anthony would not discuss anything except the baby sitter, which led to inconsistencies.
" It's the same line (as) the movie, 'The Usual Suspects,' in other words, when she gets cornered she goes on to the next lie and add to that," Padilla said. "So, she changed it from the apartments to Zenaida taking the child away from (to) Zenaida and her sister Samantha (to) Zenaida and her sister Samantha in a silver Ford Focus and then handing her a list of things to tell the cops for the next 30 days. She just kept going. "
" I cannot assign a diagnosis to her but as everyone can see, this is very consistent with what we are describing as anti-social personality - the repeated lying and embellishments and ducking accountability and the absence of remorse that you are talking about, " McGraw said.
A search continues for Caylee.