Casey Anthony opens up to Piers Morgan

Anthony tells CNN host that Caylee was her 'greatest accomplishment'


ORLANDO, Fla. – For the first time, Casey Anthony has broken her silence and answered questions from a journalist.

Anthony spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan by phone for about 10 minutes. Morgan relayed the conversation and had Anthony's attorney, Cheney Mason, as a guest on his show Tuesday evening.

Anthony confronted rumors, explained her own bizarre behavior, and insisted that she was not responsible for her daughter Caylee's death.

"Obviously, I didn't kill my daughter," said Anthony. "There's nothing in this world I've ever been more proud of -- she's my greatest accomplishment."

Anthony was acquitted in July 2011 of killing Caylee.

When asked if Anthony might want to have children again, Mason said he thinks she might want to and said she was a committed and loving mother.

She was convicted of lying to law enforcement.

"I didn't trust law enforcement because of my relationship with my father, who is ex-law enforcement," said Anthony. "In the way that I've come across, it's horrible. It looks absolutely horrible and I'm ashamed in many ways of the person that I was because, even then, that wasn't who I am."

As prosecutors painted her as a bad mother during the trial, Anthony said that "party girl" persona was not her.

"I don't drink now, I've probably had a handful of beers since I've been on probation," said Anthony.

She's currently serving one year of probation on check fraud charges.

There has long been speculation that Anthony plans to sell her story to the highest bidder. Both she and her attorney told Morgan that is not true.

Mason said Anthony spends her days cooking, cleaning, reading books, exercising, and watching movies. A seemingly normal life, although hidden away in a secret location, afraid to go outside.

Concerning rumors that she's gained weight to become unrecognizable or that she's moving Costa Rica, Anthony said neither of those are true.

Anthony also faces defamation charges in a lawsuit against her by Zenaida Gonzalez, who says Anthony ruined her reputation. Gonzalez shares a similar name as a fictitious baby sitter -- Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez -- whom Anthony initially said kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.

At Anthony's murder trial last summer, Anthony's defense claimed Caylee drowned in the family's swimming pool and, therefore, had not been abducted. Caylee's remains were found in December 2008.

The civil trial is slated to start in January 2013. Mason accepted a subpoena for Anthony to appear at trial on Anthony's behalf last month.