Casey Anthony defense: Caylee drowned in pool

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Posted: May 24, 2011 1:11 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Casey Anthony, Caylee Anthony, drowned, swimming pool, first degree murder, death sentence, baby sitter, kidnapped, duct tape, WBRZ

ORLANDO, Fla. - The defense attorney for a Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter says the toddler drowned in a swimming pool.

Defense attorney Jose Baez said Tuesday in opening statements that Casey Anthony loved her daughter and was a good mother.

The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with first-degree murder.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to death.

She has pleaded not guilty and says a baby sitter kidnapped the child.

Prosecutors said in their opening statement that Caylee died from duct tape placed over her mouth and nose.

Casey Anthony started crying when a prosecutor described the toddler's last known day in June 2008.

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