UPDATE: Boyle County woman sentenced in toddler’s death

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Shila Raley mug shot

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 Raley was sentenced Tuesday after entering an Alford plea in September to second-degree manslaughter in the 2014 death of Alexa Raley.

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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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9/8/16 3:53 p.m.

A woman accused in the death of her step-granddaughter has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Shila Raley was indicted for murder in December of 2014 in the death of three-year-old Alexa Raley, who died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen in June of that year. Shila Raley pleaded not guilty in January of 2015.

According to the Circuit Clerk’s Office in Boyle County, Shila Raley appeared in court on Thursday, and accepted a plea deal, agreeing to plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

The Commonwealth is recommending a 5-year sentence.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 4th.

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1/6/2015 11:48 p.m.

Bond was set at $1 million cash on Tuesday for a Boyle County woman accused of murdering her step-granddaughter last June, according to court documents. The Boyle County Coroner said the preliminary autopsy on three-year old Alexa Raley showed the little girl died from blunt force trauma to her abdomen.

Shila Raley, 40, of Boyle County, was indicted for murder in December.

On Tuesday, she pleaded not guilty in the case, according to court documents.

She remained in the Boyle County Detention Center.