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Casey Anthony defense claims Caylee drowned in family pool in trial opening statements

Casey Anthony stares after a spectator interrupts during jury selection in her trial at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater, Fla. Friday, May 20, 2011. Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008. Pool,AP Photo/Gary W. Green

State concludes opening statements in Casey Anthony trial
Casey Anthony at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center on May 20, 2011.
AP/Gary W. Green

(CBS/WKMG) ORLANDO, Fla. - Casey Anthony's defense attorney claimed in his opening statement that her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony died in their family swimming pool on June 16, 2008.

Pictures: Casey and Caylee Anthony, Personal Photos

Defense attorney Jose Baez said Anthony never reported Caylee missing because she was never missing.

"We're not here to talk about how inappropriate Casey acted," Baez said. "We're here to find out exactly how Caylee died. That's the key issue throughout this entire case," reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Baez said it is not a case of murder or child abuse. He went on to describe alleged sexual abuse Casey Anthony had sustained from her father George Anthony, according to the station.

At the beginning of his statement, Baez also promised to tell jurors exactly what happened, saying it will have a lot to do with the meter reader who found Caylee Anthony's remains, whom he identified as Roy Kronk, reports WKMG.

Opening statements began just after 9 a.m. with the prosecution providing a timeline of Anthony's whereabouts from the last time Caylee was seen till the day her remains were found in the woods near their home in December 2008.

The state attorney concluded her opening statement at 11:40 a.m. stating the Caylee was not kidnapped as Anthony had claimed before, and instead Anthony is guilty of first-degree murder.

The Casey Anthony case was recently reported on by "48 Hours Mystery."

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  • Camille Mann

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