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Process of Elimination: Who Is Caylee Anthony's Father?

Lee Anthony & Caylee Anthony

Lee Anthony & Caylee Anthony

Who is Caylee Anthony's Father?

Who is Caylee Anthony's father? The world may never know.

However, the FBI's report on DNA testing concludes that Lee Anthony is not the father of Caylee Anthony.

In addition to Lee Anthony, Jesse Grund, Casey Anthony's ex-fiance, has also provided DNA evidence to prove he is not Caylee Anthony's father.

Well, that knocks two men off the 'list' of paternal possibilities, but it appears this list is long and shrouded by mystery. A better question to ask is: Who was Casey Anthony sleeping with in late October and/or early November of 2004?

Casey Anthony, Colonial H.S., 2004

Casey Anthony, Colonial H.S., 2004

Jesse Grund, 2005

Jesse Grund, 2005

Flashback to 2004 - 2005


Casey Anthony was in grade 12, her senior year of Colonial High School. Did she have a boyfriend? If so, who?

Remember, she did not start dating Jesse Grund until January, 2005 and DNA testing has concluded he is not the father of Caylee Anthony.

Who was she with before she met Jesse Grund?


Caylee Anthony was born on August 9, 2005. Jesse Grund treated her like a daughter. In fact, he was heartbroken when he found out that he was not Caylee Anthony's father.

Nevertheless, that did not prevent him from treating Caylee as if she were his own child. Jesse Grund and Casey Anthony's relationship dissolved after Casey accused Jesse of loving Caylee more than her.

It appears this is the first time that Casey Anthony's jealousy reared its ugly head.

Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony


Casey Anthony's life is filled with overlapping relationships.

For example, Jesse Grund was introduced to Anthony Lazzarro, Casey Anthony's last boyfriend before her incarceration.

Jesse Grund also knows Ricardo Morales, another brief love interest of Casey Anthony. Ricardo Morales was introduced to Anthony Lazzarro.

In addition, Jesse Grund, who is a former Orange County deputy, introduced Casey Anthony to former Deputy Anthony Rusciano, a man she had a brief affair with.

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Who is Caylee Anthony's father?

Who is Caylee Anthony's father?



Casey Anthony created her own circle of jerks.

I call them jerks because someone has to know who the father of Caylee Anthony is.

Of course, even if the paternity of Caylee Anthony is revealed - this information will not bring the child back.

However, it will rule out speculation and possibly prevent an innocent man from having his face and name plastered in tabloids with the words 'Caylee Anthony's Daddy?' scrawled across the page.

Take a look around, do you think any of these men have benefited from knowing Casey Anthony? No way! Their names will always be associated with the 'tot mom.'

Casey Anthony has no past - her past is her present.

She's made jerks out of all these guys and they all know it because they all know each other.

So who is the anonymous figure in this circle?

It's time to remove the mask - who is Caylee Anthony's father?


kurious kitty on October 24, 2013:

caylee looks just like lee anthony..hmm..

Loren Allen on May 03, 2012:

I am the father.. maybe

Barbara Turpin from N. California on September 03, 2011:

I'm late with my comments and I'm NOT believing what I'm reading. Both male Anthony's have been proved of N O T not being the father of Caylee.

What difference does it make? Caylee is gone. Of paternal grandparents knew, they've had the chance to "man up". It's time to "let go of the father" it ain't gonna be discovered. If it IS discovered, who's to say the public will be informed.

I'm ready to get over this insane "egg donor" and pray to God she

DOES NOT have another child......EVER.

Hux on August 14, 2011:

She will get her karma now that she is back I'n Orlando.

Loving Mom on July 06, 2011:

I have thought from Day 2 of hearing about this case,that George Anthony was the father.I looked at many pics of George & Caylee & she bore an eerie resemblance to him.Then lo & behold there is a claim of sexual abuse.Let's not forget that Lee Anthony was tested for paternity,but not George (Mackenzie Phillips anyone-she was a victim of abuse by her father & was having sex with him until she was 26/27).Why is it so hard to believe that her father molested her & she got prego by him.It does happen.I am a victim of sexual abuse & this all makes sense.Her mom,a nurse kept the pregnancy hidden for 7 months...odd.Then the fight that Casey had with her parents was the day before Father's day.No one made a connection?There was also a post by Casey on her Myspace page,while her daughter was missing along the lines "What is easily given,can be easily taken away."I believe she was talking about her getting prego by her Dad (easily given),and she possibly killed her daughter (easily taken away) because she was so mad at her Dad for abusing her & her Mom for turning the other way,trying to control her & take her daughter away.I believe if the FBI had conducted a paternity test on George Anthony they would have a lot more questions as to why Casey did what she did.Call me crazy,but I've had this nagging feeling about this since Day 2 when the story first broke,way before Casey Anthony & her defense used it as part of their defense.May Caylee rest in peace.

CHRISTIAN BIBLER on July 03, 2011:

I wish that the kid was still alive :-(

JRobinson on June 28, 2011:

This is so mystical. Casey has had mental issues from way back as evidenced by her overachievement attempts and spotlighting all the attention to herself; ie doing back flips down the school hallway; This is a young woman who is trying to say something with her actions she can't say with words. Look at me!! Pay attention to me!!! This is typical of an abused person. I've come from the same past abuse, but haven't killed anyone. Although we must remember she's innocent til proven guilty. Maybe she did kill Caylee bec she was getting more attn. In casey's mind, she was justified bec Caylee was stealing the affection/attention from someone Casey wanted all to herself. Do you think she killed her dghtr. to keep her {CASEY'S} father from molesting her too?? Casey is very angry at her MOM bec. she didn't detect the abuse, ignored it, or didn't believe her. Cassey may not be capable of thinking of herself more than a whore and slept around bec she was already "tainted" by her father. No self worth is very typical of abused persons. W/O paternity established, series of lies and evidence tampering, we may never know the truth this side of Heaven for this murder!! Rest in peace Caylee!! I couldn't imagine your life would have been any fun or good with a parent and grandparents like this: But it was your life!!!Not someone else's to take. Even your mother knows: "I'ts a beautiful life;" she has a tatoo of it and I think it's directed towards you, not her new life w/o you!!!! JRobinson

fhc61 on June 13, 2011:

I haven't followed the story from the very start so I don't know all the boyfriend's names and couldn't even try to figure out who the father was. But if they ruled out Lee then they also ruled out George because Lee is George's son and they would have see similar DNA when running Lee's DNA that would have told them that George was the baby's father.

I don't think Cindy and George have wanted to testify as much as they have been called upon to. From what I have seen this trial has been hell for them. And to walk in the first day to hear that the defense is claiming that Caylee drowned in the pool and that George helped get rid of the body was just more devastating news to deal with. I don't think George was able to handle anymore of the media frenzy on top of the loss of his granddaughter and the realization that his own daughter had done this. That's why he considered suicide. I saw a picture of Cindy and George in court from I believe Thursday or Friday and they were smiling and it was such a good picture of them. When I watch either of them on the stand struggling through all of this, all I can think about it my parents and I wonder how anyone could put their parents through such hell. I do agree that the real victim here is/was Caylee, but because of what happened to her Cindy and George became victims as well. My heart goes out to them.

cb on June 03, 2011:

I would like to know who the father is and what about the paternal grandparents? Why haven't they come forward. Casey recently was seen on TV in a jailhouse interview saying that she hadn't seen Caylee's paternal grandparents in about 10 years. Well, if Caylee's father's parents know he dated Casey and that, in fact, he is now deceased, couldn't they put 2 and 2 together in the past 3 years and figure out they are the grandparents of the now deceased Caylee Anthony? Why was no father listed on the birth certificate? Where is the document that Caylee's father supposedly signed foregoing his parental rights? Perhaps this poor deceased child has a whole other family that may be greiving her loss?? I can't believe no one in the father's family has come forward. It does lead some credence to the theory that perhaps George is the father. Was he ever ruled out? Why not? The whole family has a lot of secrets! Nothing would surprise me about any of them. Why is Cindy standing by George after he humiliated her by having an very public affair with a younger woman? Do they believe by sticking together they have a better chance of not being implicated somehow? Why is Cindy allowed to over testify?? I think she is playing to the jury for sympathy and it's working. George is very smarmy and I think he has a lot of secrets? Why did he try to commit suicide? Was it guilt over his involvement with the murder, his abuse of Casey, what??? I don't think we will EVER know the truth about what happened to that poor beautiful baby! I do believe the prosecutor will not be able to link Casey to the murder. Is she a pathological liar, yes. Was she possibly neglectful, maybe, but everyone testified she was a good mother. Whatever happened to poor Caylee, we all need to remember SHE is the victim, not George, not Cindy, not Casey. Nothing will bring her back, not putting Casey to death. I think if the jury does what they are instructed to do, take the emotion out of everything, just follow the evidence, then I don't believe she will be convicted.

Clarence on May 16, 2011:

Maybe she killed the baby's father.... too.

Herb on April 28, 2010:

Even if she slept with lots of guys, why wouldn't she try to find out through DNA tests who the father is? That would mean child support !!

Teressa on March 21, 2010:

Abuse is nothing to give leniency for - I had a horrific childhood filled with abuses that would make Chris Hansen from Dateline: To Catch a Predator shudder. Amazingly enough, I have yet to be involved in the murder of a small child. I would hold all of the Anthony's, Ms. Casey herself as well, to the same standard.

sarahxyz on March 13, 2010:

i think the top is about to come off the can of worms, if this is true about George Anthonys affair.

liza07021 on February 21, 2010:

I have thought George was the father from the start. If cops thought incest was possible (and they must have to have tested Lee) then I have no doubt that they also have Georges dna.That cops have publicly ruled Lee out and said nothing about George leads me to believe that they are saving that information for another time. Also could be the big explanation Baez keeps saying they will finally give us at trial.

alice2010 on January 02, 2010:

One other question that still seems unanswered -- Caylee Anthony seems to have just about reached an age when she could explain to her grandparents where she had been and whom she had been with, and thus could blow a hole in Casey's lies about work, the babysitter, etc. Was Caylee getting to an age where she was a liability for a mother who misrepresented herself to just about everyone?

LADYOFTROY on September 24, 2009:


jonsmom on August 21, 2009:

Look everybody. I'm going to explain it clearly. Truthfully, when I was younger, I had friends "like Casey". They sleep with a diffent guy damn near ever other night. Have chronic one night stands and are generally promiscious, loose and whore-like. Moreover, Casey seems very similar to these girls I knew-quite a few of which had children out of wedlock and had no idea whom the fathers were. I'm almost positive Casey diden't know WHO THE BABYS FATHER WAS. She probably could have narrowed it down to a bunch of one night stands-very few of which gave her their last names and contact info.

futonfraggle (author) on May 23, 2009:

DNA, I think it's important to determine paternity, too. I know a lot of people don't believe this information is relevent, but I think it is for all the reasons you just mentioned above.

dnatest on May 23, 2009:

At some point it could be relevant to the case. They have George Anthony's DNA why not do a paternity test to rule him out? There is a lot of speculation about her being abused, and since Lee has been ruled out this would clear up some of that. Also I think at sentencing it does make a difference if Casey is a sociopathic brat from a dysvunctional family vs. an incestually abused sociopathic brat from a dysfunctional family. If she was abused, as a juror i would be more inclined to liency - like 20 years. if she was not abused expecially sexually, then Life. Also, unless you know who the father is... the defense can cook up (and that's their job) alternate theories to shed doubt on the prosecutions theory. It's something that should be nailed down by investigators before trial.

desiree on May 07, 2009:

I have this feeling in my gut that won't go away that Caylee's father is George Anthony. She looks just like him. This would also explain why the big mystery around her pregnancy & all the discrepancies when she talks about the Dad.I hope the FBI does a paternity test on George.I think it would explain a lot of things in this case.

melissa on March 26, 2009:

caylees dad is probably someone she went to high school with and maybe she just doesn't know.

futonfraggle (author) on March 22, 2009:

The paternity of Caylee Anthony boggles me, too. I guess it depends on what kind of guy he is (or was?). She was in the 12th grade when she got pregnant. While a lot of parents encourage their sons to be men that stand up to responsibility, he might have come from the 'run as fast as you can' type of family. He might have even suggested to pay for an abortion, which would have outraged the family (Casey told a friend abortion wasn't an option) and they told him to take a hike. If a guy didn't want a kid, I'm sure that would be a one-way ticket out of there!

At this point, I don't think anyone will come out and admit to being Caylee's father - especially if the guy has a family of his own and his spouse is unaware of his past. In this case, we've seen social security numbers released, cell phone numbers...Hell, even Roy Kronk, the meter reader that found Caylee, was exposed as being behind in child support payments. Those Sunshine Laws are sumthin'!

You know what? You're right - It certainly is sad that other missing children do not get this kind of exposure. It seems like one TV show or one tabloid will zoom in on one case and the rest of the media follows. Sadly, it seems like it all comes down to 'who can get the better story.' Tragic, indeed.

trish1048 on March 22, 2009:

The other thing that puzzles me, as well as everyone else, is about Caylee's father.  I can only guess the guy doesn't even know and maybe even Casey doesn't know since it appears she slept around a lot.  However, if he does, wouldn't you think he would want to be involved, as well as his parents? 

And, no doubt Casey will be offered a plea deal.

You're right about other kids.  Lucky if they get a mention in the 4th page, 3rd column over.  And why a lot of kids do not get this kind of outpouring of legal help that goes on for months and months till an answer is found. What kind of message is cases like this sending to the public?  That some kids are worth more than others?  Tragic.

futonfraggle (author) on March 22, 2009:

I agree. All very bizarre. It really happens all over the place. I think the media has had a fascination with Florida ever since Trenton Duckett went missing and his mother committed suicide. The media never covers stories like: Kid went to the store and never came back. I guess that's just too 'boring' for them. Sad, really.

trish1048 on March 21, 2009:

Two things bother me.  One, what kind of mom doesn't call 911 immediately, then call her parents to say her child is missing?  Two, she waited 31 days to report Caylee missing.  You mean to tell me in all that time the grandparents never hounded her to ask where Caylee was?  Being babysat by some nanny?  who the hell paid for a nanny if that's true?  and why would the child be left in some stranger's care all that time?  If I was her parent I'd have been in her face daily demanding her to go get Caylee from the so-called nanny, and I'd go with her!  This case makes me absolutely furious and sick to my stomach.  Whoever did this, I hope they burn in hell.

And now there's another 5 yr old missing in Florida, Haleigh Cummings. It's all very bizarre. When I heard about this second case, I thought, Caylee? Haleigh? similar sounding names, both in Florida, just too weird for me. Doesn't seem like a state I'd want to move to any time soon.

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 21, 2009:

Yah, that's another one of those eery coincidences. Creepy.

futonfraggle on March 21, 2009:

Creepy! Yes, I thought it was something Casey Anthony wrote in a guest book online for Eric Baker. You know, like Legacy or something. I thought she wrote it and assigned the Arnie quote to Jesus Ortiz, as if someone named J. Ortiz said it.

Also, unrelated to paternity, but related to the name games, has there ever been a connection made between Casey Anthony and the residents of the homes adjacent to the lot where Caylee was found? A woman named Zenaida lives on one side of the lot and a gentleman with the last name Gonzalez lives on the other side of the lot. Another eerie coincidence?

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 21, 2009:

The more I think about this, the more it makes sense that she'd keep the names of deceased guys (in her own age bracket) to use as the unknown baby-daddy. Sociopaths use people and garnering sympathy from others is one of their infamous manipulation tools. "My baby's father was killed in a car crash" is certainly going to warrant a big "Awwwwwww, I'm so sorry!" and big hug from just about anyone she told this tale. Sympathy and hugs lead her victims to believe she's vulnerable, soft, human. They trust her because she's been through "so much." Then she can lie to and steal from them much easier? It makes sense to me. It also matches everything I've read about sociopaths, whatever that's worth. Who knows?! *shudder*

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 21, 2009:

Hmm. I read pg.412 ... it's hard to determine syntax because of the spacing. My take is that Casey read various guest entries written by people when Eric died and used their names later, in her fabricated stories. Maybe she just copied/pasted an entry onto a file and kept it? Maybe she liked the quote? On MySpace, everyone's a "friend" ya know? Jesus Ortiz died several months before Eric Bakerin. (And yah, don't know why anyone would assign Ortiz to that Schwarznegger quote. lol)

It doesn't appear that this was written by Casey. Is that what you're saying, that it was written by Casey? It looks like a copy/paste to me; something to use in one of her fabricated stories later.

futonfraggle (author) on March 21, 2009:

Alright, how many men does this freak know that died in car accidents? Who is "Josh" that died in a car accident?

Casey Anthony told her former co-worker, Melina Calabrese, that "Caylee's father as a man named Josh who was from Georgia. Casey said the relationship was a one night stand and that she met him at Universal. Calabrese said that Casey said that Josh had a girlfriend that he planned to marry, and he had other children. She said he later died in a car accident in GA shortly after Caylee's second birthday."

So, Jesus Ortiz supposedly died in a car accident on the way to Caylee's first birthday and this guy died in a car crash shortly after Caylee's second birthday? She sure liked to mingle baby daddy stories and death with the kid's birthday, huh?

I thought 'they' (Cindy?) said the father was Eric James Baker - another guy who died in a car crash - with a gf and kids in Kentucky? I know Casey told a DCF worker in August that Caylee's father was named 'Eric.'

Actually, I just stopped to look for that doc (I doubted myself for a minute) and came across THIS! How did I miss this?!?!

Eric James Bakerin memory of an old friend"We all have great inner power. The power of self-faith. There's really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer." -Jesus OrtizForever in my heart.Someone special: R.I.P.Eric James Baker12-8-83 - 8-11-07


(Pay no attention to the black page numbers at the bottom of each page. Pay attention to the page numbers up top. Scroll down to Page 412. )

This is a freakin' Arnold Schwarznegger quote! Google it! She's claiming it's a 'Jesus Ortiz' quote (we know who J. Ortiz supposedly is - but is she claiming that a Jesus Ortiz authored this quote? Is/was Eric J. Baker a real person? Did he know Jesus Ortiz?) WTF!

futonfraggle on March 20, 2009:

LOL. Don't give her any ideas!

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 20, 2009:

Oh yah, the black Cindy. I wonder why she hasn't gotten some media whore pro bono attorney yet - to sue for smearing her "good" name. heh!

futonfraggle on March 20, 2009:

Re: Kronk. He creeps me out. I don't know, something about him.

Re: "If she doesn't get convicted, it'll be because of some paperwork omission."

I shudder at the thought of all the 'paperwork' we've seen. There were a ton of errors but the one that sticks out at me was black Cindy, the convict that was evicted from her apartment. Hopefully, there aren't any omissions...

futonfraggle on March 20, 2009:

"If he had an inkling, I believe he'd have mentioned possibilities to LE by now - because he has surely been as forthcoming as possible."----Agree with you 100%

Some people say paternity is vital to this case. I'm not sure I agree. However, I'm not sure it doesn't have ANY importance. The question mark for a father gives the defense another story or scenario to spin.

Do you think LE knows who the father is?

futonfraggle on March 20, 2009:

Re:LLee says:3 hours ago

I think the why would be to rule-out the father since most child abduction cases are a parent done by one of the parents.


I have no idea how and/or why -- but I can imagine the defense using this info. Ya' know, like reasonable doubt. Something like: An angry ex believed Caylee was his child & couldn't stand seeing Casey bring her to other men's apartments. He thought the child was being raised poorly so he kidnapped her with the aid of a nanny HE supplied and paid for. Then, another faux famous person's name will come up as the identity of the father. Casey didn't reveal the name of the person because she feared for Caylee's life. Yawn...

futonfraggle on March 20, 2009:

Hey Llee and JR!

JR, she would have gotten pregnant in Oct/Nov-ish of '04. Weren't both of those guys dead before September?

Everyone she screws she introduces to the next guy. When Jesse Grund was 'the next guy,' who did she introduce him to? Don't get me wrong, I feel for the Grund family, they seem like wonderful people, but Jesse (in my opinion) has to know who the father of that baby is--or at least hav a good idea. When he found out he wasn't the father, he had to say to himself 'oh, it was _____.' Casey Anthony seems like the kind of chick that would tell her current details about her ex (even if the details were fabricated).

Re: Hawkins in Cali

I read the myspace messages that went back and forth between them. She referred to him as "bro" often. I can't imagine calling someone I hopped in the sack with "bro." But, again, this is Casey Anthony we're talking about. Who knows?

LLee from San Diego on March 20, 2009:


JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 20, 2009:

Ahhh, ok .. that makes sense, if this were an abduction case (as 'tot mom' claims.) But, we know it wasn't. Most non-custodial parents who abduct their children from the custodial parent ... don't KILL them. :(

LLee from San Diego on March 20, 2009:

I think the why would be to rule-out the father since most child abduction cases are a parent done by one of the parents.

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 20, 2009:

If they didn't, LLee ... that means they singled out other players in this case *to* swab. That will not look good, if that's what went down.

If they are really concerned with identifying Caylee's father, I want to know WHY. Why does it matter? If they were only concerned with Lee Anthony and Jesse Grund (neither of whom fathered the baby), WHY were they only concerned with those two?

I tend to think that the defense would be more interested in determining paternity, rather than the prosecution ... because if they can determine paternity, they've automatically got someone to L@@K at - other than the evil spiteful bitch.

LLee from San Diego on March 20, 2009:

I think so. Would be interesting to know if they tested swabbed him

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 20, 2009:

Hmm... was this the same Marine that she's documented as having had contact with just before Caylee disappeared? If so, his fiance' already knows about his dealings with ol' tot mom. Is it the same Marine that BH Leonard Padilla was planning to go visit?

LLee from San Diego on March 20, 2009:

They did go to Cali and talk to him but there was not much said about it.

My impression was that he had this one-night-stand with Casey while he was engaged and maybe begged LE not to ruin his marriage.

JMO - though!

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 20, 2009:

LLEE! Xoxoxoxo!

re: California Marine -- didn't they go out to Cali to talk with him? Don't you think they swabbed him for DNA? They may have (or at least they should've.)

LLee from San Diego on March 20, 2009:

Hi Futy Hi JR!

Nice to see yall back! I haven't been to this Blog in ages!!

JR - I am about to pee my pants at your picture!!!!!

I still think baby daddy is the random Marine from Cali - the one who got married after his brief trip to Florida.......

JRChicagoGyRL from Chicago on March 20, 2009:

Hi Futy! Glad you're back! :)

I'm still unsure why anyone cares who the father might be, and it's entirely possible that the 'tot mom' either has no idea who he is, or he's one of the two previously-named candidates (Eric or Jesus?) If the father is alive and well, he either has no idea that he's the father or wouldn't, in a milllllllllllllion years, come forth at this point -- and who could blame him?! lol

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