George Anthony suicidal-wanted to go be with Caylee
George Anthony has been taken to Halifax Medical Center’s emergency department after sending suicidal text messages to his family. A suicide note was found in the car, and another unfinished note in the motel room. “I’m being told by sources close to the investigation that the note included wording like ‘I want to go be with Caylee,'” Local 6 News reporter Jessica D’Onofrio said.
George was Baker Acted, (also known as the Florida Mental Health Act, it allows for involuntary examination by medical professionals for a psychiatric condition), and was taken to Halifax Medical Center. He was driven there by the Daytona Beach police chief. A hospital spokesman said he will be admitted after being stabilized for a medical evaluation. She said Mr.Anthony was cooperative.
No drugs or weapons were found in George Anthony’s motel room but he did have other items with him. No details were released as to what they were, but they have been turned over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
“We do know George Anthony is saying I don’t want to live anymore,” Chitwood said. Chitwood said that he sent text messages to his family saying he wanted to end his life. He said there was a lot of pressure on Mr. Anthony and he needed to think.
George failed to show for a meeting with Cindy and their lawyer, Brad Conway Thursday afternoon. He was reported missing later that evening. Orange County officers tracked cell phone pings to a location in the Bethune Point area. He was found at the Hawaii Motel in Daytona Beach.
“George has been through a lot. The entire Anthony family has been through a lot. George is OK. Thank God,” Conway said. “Had it not been for a cooperative effort between Orange County and Volusia County, I don’t know what the outcome would have been.”
When asked how Cindy was doing, Conway said, “I think I’ve said this a lot of times. (She’s doing) as well as can be expected, but she’s good,” Conway said. “George is safe, and he’s with us, so it’s all good.”
A spokesperson for the jail said he didn’t know if Casey Anthony had been made aware of her dad’s situation. The jail will not be able to release any info on how she handles the news or what her demeaner is.
This, I guess, doesn’t surprise me. George Anthony has been the only member of the family who has attempted to be truthful and has appeared to be the one most in touch with reality–at times the ONLY one in touch with reality. He has clearly been at odds with Cindy, and he has clearly gone against his principles when he began lying and denying along with her. He testified before the Grand Jury against his daughter–something no father should have to do, and in light of Cindy’s supposed feelings about Casey’s involvement, this probably created a situation at home that could, at the very least, be described as stressful.
After the documents were released this week, we hear about Cindy’s discussions with co-workers, including some rather disrespectful information about George’s dynamic in the family. (This info is directly at odds with George’s perception of his place in the family unit–remember his hand analogy with him as the head?) We also learn what was found with Caylee’s body. I don’t know when the Anthonys actually learned all the information that was released, or if any of those items–the laundry bag, blanket, iron ons, clothing, etc. gave George an “ah ha!” moment as to Casey’s guilt or innocence, but just the fact that there really was duct tape over Caylee’s mouth and a heart sticker was stuck to the duct tape had to be devastating information. Any thoughts that Caylee’s death was accidental went completely out the window, and that she could have suffered before she died is a real possibility.
As I was watching the news this morning, it was brought up that the defense team may well use this incident to help create reasonable doubt that Casey killed Caylee. They could argue that George did it or was involved because he contemplated suicide. I’ve been wrong many times in this case, but I just don’t believe George was involved in any way with Caylee’s death. I don’t believe Cindy was directly involved either. What I DO believe is that George is consumed with: 1) grief over the loss and circumstances surrounding the death of his beloved little granddaughter, 2) grief that his daughter, (his “princess”), is most likely her murderer and, 3) guilt that maybe he could have done something that might have saved Caylee. I also think that the tension in the house on Hopespring Drive could be likened to a pressure cooker at this point– especially if Cindy still believes, as has been reported, that Casey had nothing to do with any of this. (After listening to her co-workers discuss her amazing ability to deny-DENY-DENY-where Casey is concerned, a rumbling volcano about to blow may be a better analogy than a pressure cooker.)
IMO, George just couldn’t take it any more. I don’t know whether he would really have killed himself or not–they said he didn’t have any weapons or pills with him, but I believe he was definitely in a state of deep depression and pain–a broken man in every sense of the word. ARE YOU SATISFIED YET CASEY ANTHONY?? A very sad turn of events in a very sad story.
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