ORLANDO, Fla. -- The mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter took ill yesterday, prompting the judge in her murder trial to recess court early and end the most intense day of evidence so far, which included jurors viewing pictures of the toddler's decomposed skull.
Judge Belvin Perry sent the jury home for the day, asking them not to speculate about why court was ending early.
Casey Anthony cried, dabbed her eyes with a tissue and looked away as pictures of Caylee Anthony's remains were displayed in the courtroom in the morning. By afternoon, she appeared to be getting progressively more emotional, keeping her head down to avoid seeing the pictures. At one point during a break she had to briefly step out of the courtroom.
She was returned to Orange County jail and treated by medical staff there.
Earlier in the day, a few jurors could be seen wiping their faces and others glanced away as photos were shown of the December 2008 discovery of the toddler's remains. Perry warned people in the courtroom that graphic photos would be shown. He asked anyone who might become queasy to leave during a short break before prosecutors called a crime scene investigator from the county sheriff's office.
Jurors then viewed a series of photos depicting the wooded area near the home of Anthony's parents where Caylee's remains were found. Duct tape was visible on her skull.
Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say she used duct tape to suffocate her daughter in the summer of 2008. The defense contends the little girl drowned in her grandparents' pool. The child's remains were found about six months later.