ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Casey Anthony, who is charged with murdering her young daughter, Caylee Anthony.
A spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office in Orlando said Monday that prosecutors have filed papers seeking to have Anthony executed if she is convicted of first-degree murder.
Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, said that Anthony's defense was prepared to fight.
"This is not a death penalty case. We will do whatever is necessary to defend Casey Anthony from the State trying to take her life. We already have death-qualified defense lawyers on our team and are prepared for a vigorous defense," he said.
Anthony claimed that 2-year-old Caylee was kidnapped and has pleaded not guilty. Hundreds of volunteers helped search for the toddler after she was reported missing last summer.
Anthony was arrested last October. Caylee's body was found in woods near her home last December.