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Former Friend: Casey Anthony 'Was a Good Mom' to Caylee, Had Us Fooled

Former roommate of ex-boyfriend of Casey Anthony reacts to murder acquittal

 

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," July 6, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: What was Casey Anthony like as a mother? We've heard a lot of stories since Casey's murder trial began from both the prosecution and the defense. But our next guest is a former friend of Casey's, and yes, he knew little Caylee Anthony. He was Casey's ex-boyfriend's roommate at the time, and he was a witness for the prosecutor. Joining us is Clint House. Nice to see you, Clint.

CLINT HOUSE, FORMER FRIEND OF CASEY ANTHONY: It's nice to see you again, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: Clint, in the month of June 2008, about June 16th, it's thought that that's when Caylee had her accident, murdered, whatever. But that's when -- that's when we focus on Casey's behavior. And I'm curious, when you saw her, did she do anything to suggest she cared about her daughter missing or that her daughter was missing or murdered or anything?

HOUSE: Well, like I testified in the trial, she showed no signs to any of us that Caylee was missing. We had no idea. In fact, the first thing that Tony said to me whenever I called, once I found out that Caylee was missing, was, you know, Hey, I don't -- Clint, I don't care about what happened between us at Fusian, but Caylee's been missing for 30 days. And I said, She's been missing and you guys didn't -- nobody knew? And he was like, yes, none of us -- nobody -- nobody knew that she was missing. And I mean, that was -- that was the first of it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Prior to that, when you saw her interacting with Caylee, she appeared to you to be an attentive mother, is that right?

HOUSE: Yes. I mean, she was very attentive. She never, you know, really raised her voice at Caylee. She never -- I never saw her strike Caylee. She was a good mom to her. She spent time with her. You know, I sat there and watched Casey read off flash cards to Caylee and Caylee read them back to Casey. You know, Casey seemed like a good mother.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, I struggle with this, like, you know, how in the world can a mother be out partying and getting a tattoo and drinking and staying with her boyfriend and everything with -- I mean, at best, her child was missing, probably murdered, but I mean, at best -- I mean, do you sort of -- looking back at the time, how do you explain her behavior during that window of time?

HOUSE: I can't explain why she was -- why she was -- only Casey can explain why she was acting the way that she was acting during the time that Caylee was missing. I can't explain that.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did she seem like a selfish person who just wanted to go out and party and just wanted to do what she wanted to do? Is -- is -- because that's the view I have from the outside.

HOUSE: Well, she didn't seem like that, you know, to us then. But that was also at the time where we didn't know that she was lying to us about everything. We didn't know that she was lying about her job or going back to school or where Caylee was. So you know, we didn't really see any red -- you know, red flags or anything.

VAN SUSTEREN: She a good liar?

HOUSE: So we just didn't -- apparently so. I mean, she had me fooled, and I'm a pretty good judge of character. And for her to be able to fool me and Tony and all of our group of friends like that, I mean, that's something to be said right there.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you know what her relationship with her parents was like? Did she ever mention that?

HOUSE: No. We very rarely talked about Cindy and George with Casey because you got to remember, we were all just getting to know Caylee and Casey right at the time. I mean, it was only about two months that -- when we met Caylee -- or Casey that all of this happened. So we didn't really hear much about Cindy and George, or at least I didn't. I don't know about Tony. I can't speak for Tony. But no, I didn't really know much about the relationship between Casey and Cindy and George.

VAN SUSTEREN: Tell me about "Caylee's law." What is that?

HOUSE: "Caylee's law" is something I found out about on Facebook today when I woke up. Caylee's law would basically make it a felony to not report your child missing after 10 days. I think the best thing for it to be would be a child under 10 for -- to make it a felony to not report them missing after 48 hours because we see here in this case that, you know, Caylee -- or Casey's going to get off. And there -- she -- there's no accountability there. So I think that with passing Caylee's law that we can make sure that this isn't going to happen again in the future.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, I realize that you're not the jury, I'm not the jury at all, but I'm just curious. Think she did it, think she murdered Caylee?

HOUSE: I have my personal feelings about it, but it really doesn't matter. What the focus now...

VAN SUSTEREN: Are they good feelings or bad feelings? Because you're in a different position than the rest -- good feelings or bad feelings?

HOUSE: Oh, of course they're bad feelings. I mean, going back to what we talked about three years ago, Greta, I mean, it's a terrible situation. And I don't think justice was served, if that answers your question.

VAN SUSTEREN: Indeed, it does. Clint, thank you. And thanks for bringing us to the attention of Caylee's law. Thank you, Clint.

HOUSE: Thanks, Greta.