Image: File photo of Casey Anthony during day 20 of her 1st -degree murder trial in Orlando
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Casey Anthony stands for the arrival of the jury in her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, in this June 9, 2011 file photo.
By Elizabeth Chuck Reporter
updated 6/13/2012 9:24:18 AM ET 2012-06-13T13:24:18

Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter , addressed the murder charges Tuesday for the first time since her trial last summer.

In a phone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Anthony, 26, reportedly said she had been enormously proud of her daughter Caylee, who was last seen June 16, 2008.

“There’s obviously several misconceptions. Obviously, I didn’t kill my daughter,” Morgan said Anthony told him on the phone. “She said that very firmly.”

Morgan did not play the phone interview, but spoke with one of Anthony’s attorneys on "Piers Morgan Tonight" about the conversation.

“If anything, there’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been more proud of, and there’s no one I loved more than my daughter. She’s my greatest accomplishment,” Morgan said Anthony told him.

Caylee was not reported missing until nearly a month after she was last seen, when Anthony’s mother, Cindy, called the police. Morgan said he was “struck” by Anthony’s desire to reiterate that she was innocent.

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“She said that to you without any prompting, without any rehearsal, without any lawyering whatsoever,” attorney J. Cheney Mason Mason told him Tuesday.

Anthony’s high-profile murder trial was held last July in an Orlando courthouse, which attracted crowds of protesters. During the 13-day trial, Anthony’s lead attorney, Jose Baez, argued Anthony did not report her daughter’s disappearance because Caylee, 2, had accidentally drowned in the Anthony family’s pool, and she feared being accused of intentionally killing the toddler.

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Baez argued Anthony’s father, George, helped dispose of the body after Caylee drowned, calling the death “an accident that snowballed out of  control.” George Anthony denied any involvement.

Six months after Caylee was last seen, her skeletal remains were found less than a mile from her grandparents’ Orlando home. Prosecutors claimed Anthony drugged Caylee with chloroform, and then duct-taped her mouth.

Casey Anthony and her lawyer Jose Baez leave the Orange County Jail in Orlando
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Casey Anthony and her lawyer Jose Baez leave the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., on July 17, 2011.

Anthony was acquitted of murder, and she was released from jail on July 17, 2011, to people yelling, “Baby killer!” as the vehicle she was in drove her away from jail. She has lived in an undisclosed location since then amid fears for her safety.

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In the conversation with Morgan – which reportedly lasted about 10 minutes – Anthony reflected on past interviews with the media. “I’ve looked back at some of the interviews. I’m ashamed in many ways of the person that I was, because even then, that wasn’t who I am,” she said, according to Morgan.

In the weeks following Caylee’s disappearance, photos showed Anthony partying in clubs. Baez addressed her seemingly carefree behavior in his defense, arguing Anthony had been sexually abused by her father as a child, and was accustomed to hiding her feelings. George Anthony vehemently denied the molestation claims.

Mason said on CNN on Tuesday, “Casey had a bad background, lots of problems in her history … She didn’t trust anybody.”

Although Anthony was acquitted of murder, she was found guilty of four counts of lying to authorities investigating Caylee’s disappearance.

“I’m 26 now, and I’ve gone through hell,” Anthony reportedly told Morgan in their phone conversation.

Anthony has dropped out of the public eye since her trial, surfacing only on YouTube in January when she released a video diary in which she spoke about the dog she adopted and the computer she owned. The clip didn’t mention Caylee.

Video: Casey Anthony speaks out in online video

"I'm not making gazillions of dollars at the hands of other people, or trying to sell myself to anyone willing to throw a couple of dollars at me," Anthony said, according to Morgan. "The caricature of me that is out there, it couldn't be further from the truth."

Video: Attorney: Don’t ‘read into’ Casey Anthony videos

She is currently serving a year of probation stemming from an unrelated check fraud conviction in 2010.

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Video: Casey Anthony documents reveal mental state

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    >>> court records giving insight into caseny anthony 's state of mind before her murder trial. nbc's janet shamblian is in orlando with more.

    >> reporter: these are depositions from medical professionals that have just been released in them, casey anthony says she believes her daughter, caylee, was conceived during a date rape . and she said she also believes that her father could have been responsible for caylee's deathth and both the medical professional said when they talked to her she seemed upbeat and showed no signs of mental illness . seven months after the not guilty verdict, stunning new details about what casey anthony told mental health experts before the trial. a judge in orlando has unsealed the depositions of psychiatrist jeffrey danzinger and psychologist, william weis, two medical professional who is evaluated anthony . according to weis, casey talked about her father, george, saying it is the perception of casey , that her father had something to do with the death of her daughter. dr.-anziger said she told her, i think he held her under water and casey also recounted her younger years. weitz said her father had sexually abused her back to the age of childhood.

    >> have you ever sexually molested your daughter casey anthony ?

    >> no, sir.

    >> reporter: george anthony denied those allegations during the trial and the defense never presented evidence. on wednesday, george anthony said he has repeatedly said, he never molested any member of his family, including casey anthony and had nothing to do with the death of caylee anthony . the depositions are just the latest version of what casey said happened to her daughter in 2008 .

    >> there's no doubt that casey anthony , by her own account, is an admitted liar so it becomes virtually impossible to know which of the accusations she's made or which of the explanations she gave had any truth at all.

    >> reporter: casey also told danziger and weitz about her personal life , saying caylee may have been conceived during a date rape . she said she attended a party and blacked out. she believes that's when she was impregnated. as for her mental state , dr. danziger said i do not find any evidence of an active mental illness . and that anthony was surprisingly cheerful for someone accused of murdering her child. weitz said anthony seemed detached from a lot of her feelings and emotions and used lies as a protective measure.

    >> she lies about so much, so i think nobody actually will know what to believe and what not to believe.

    >> reporter: both of these medical professionals were originally listed as defense witnesses. but it's important to note that neither of them ended up testifying at the trial. also this morning, there is information that casey anthony may be splitting with her attorney, jose baez. he told nbc news that he had


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