- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Parksville woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of killing her 3-year-old step-granddaughter.

News outlets report that 42-year-old Shila Riley was sentenced Tuesday after entering an Alford plea in September to second-degree manslaughter in the 2014 death of Alexa Raley.

An Alford plea means the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

The toddler died at a hospital in June 2014 after sustaining blunt force injuries to the abdomen. Shila Raley was arrested nearly six month later.

She was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge as part of a plea deal.

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