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Casey Anthony cries as trial starts in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter began crying Tuesday as a prosecutor gave her opening statements in her first-degree murder trial.

Casey Anthony wiped away tears as prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick began describing the last day Caylee Anthony was seen by her grandparents. Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony. She has pleaded not guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped the girl.

If convicted, Casey Anthony could face the death penalty.

Drane-Burdick offered a timeline of Casey Anthony's whereabout based on cell phone records. The timeline stretched from the time Caylee was last seen by her grandparents on Father's Day 2008 until her remains were discovered by a meter reader in woods near her home in December 2008.

Drane-Burdick asked jurors, between descriptions of how Casey Anthony spent her days shopping, visiting friends and hanging out with her boyfriend with no signs of her daughter, "Where is Caylee Marie Anthony?"

The prosecutor described Casey Anthony's appearance as a hardworking single mother as false.

"Casey Anthony ... appeared to be ... a loving mother, trying to provide support for her daughter," Drane-Burdick said. "But as the evidence in this case will show, that was an illusion."

The trial has attracted national attention and dozens of people lined up in the early morning hours to be one of the few spectators allowed into the courtroom. Television personalities Geraldo Rivera and Nancy Grace sat in the courtroom gallery.

Brett Schulman, a 51-year-old professional poker player arrived at the Orlando courthouse at 4 a.m. to snag the first spectator seat.

"It's the largest case in central Florida history," Schulman said. "And it's in my backyard."

Casey Anthony waited a month before telling her mother that Caylee had disappeared, and only after her parents, George and Cindy, recovered from the towing lot a car with a foul odor that Casey Anthony had been driving.

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