Hundreds gather to mourn death of toddler

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Orlando, Fla., for a memorial service for slain toddler Caylee Anthony.

A pastor offered a "prayer of peace" for the girl's mother, Casey Anthony, who's in a jail less than a mile away from the church where today's service was taking place. She's facing a murder charge in her daughter's death. She has pleaded not guilty, and claims that a babysitter kidnapped Caylee.

The service was broadcast live on local TV. Images of the slain child were shown on a giant screen in front of the church sanctuary. A pianist played, "You Are My Sunshine," and "If You're Happy And You Know It."

Casey Anthony could have asked for permission to watch the memorial on TV. But jail officials say she didn't. In a statement ready by her attorney, she said she misses Caylee "every minute of every day." She also said she wished the service hadn't been open to the public or the media, but that she can't keep her parents "from doing what they want."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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