ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Prosecutors are not pursuing the death penalty in the case of a central Florida woman charged in the killing of her missing 3-year-old daughter.

The Orange County State Attorney’s Office said Friday that it is not in the best interest of the state to pursue the death penalty for Casey Anthony.

The 22-year-old mother is charged with killing Caylee Anthony. The toddler was last seen in June, but was not reported missing until a month later.

The mother has pleaded not guilty to charges ranging from first-degree murder to lying to investigators. She faces life in prison if convicted.

In newly released jailhouse videotapes from the summer, Casey Anthony tells her parents she just wants to see her missing toddler daughter again. They tell her they’re trying hard to find her.


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