- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A baby sitter in northeast Ohio has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and child endangering in the death of an infant but told a judge she knows she is innocent.

The sitter, 50-year-old Laura Flores-Santillan, entered Alford pleas in Akron on Tuesday, meaning she maintained her innocence but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her.

Investigators say the 7-week-old baby suffered a traumatic brain injury nearly a year ago and died five days later. They think the child’s head hit something while she was being shaken.

Her defense attorney says she entered the plea to spare herself a possible life sentence if she’d been found guilty of murder. He says Flores-Santillan only cared for the child for four days.

Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 23

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