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Exclusive: On First Anniversary Of Caylee Disappearance, Grandparents Reflect

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS/AP) One year after Caylee Anthony's disappearance, the slain toddler's grandparents say they want to bring more attention to missing children cases. In an exclusive interview Tuesday, Cindy and George Anthony told CBS' "The Early Show" that too many missing children are forgotten and they want to help other families who are struggling to find their loved ones.

The Anthonys' daughter, Casey Anthony, has been charged in Caylee's death. Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty and says a baby sitter kidnapped her toddler.

Caylee was last seen a year ago but she wasn't reported missing until a month later. Her remains were found in woods near the family's home in December.

"When your child's missing, you take any bit of help that you can," Cindy Anthony remarked to Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez Tuesday. "You take every help. You don't turn anybody away. You can't turn anybody away."

Cindy wept when telling Rodriguez how she feels at this point. "It's been a year," Cindy recalled. "Yesterday was a tough day. Today is a tough day. Every day has been a tough day this last year. And I just miss her. I just miss her so much."

(AP/Orange County Sheriffs Office)
Photo: Caylee Anthony.

George said, "The last time I saw her was June 16, one year ago today. I woke up with her in the morning at 7:30, got a chance to have breakfast with her. Just before 1:00 that day, I didn't ever realize that that'd be the last time I would see her, have a chance to kiss her, hold her. I would hear her call me Jo-Jo, and put her in a car and wave good-bye to her."

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  • Ryan Smith

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