(APEX, NC) -- A woman who served a year in prison after pleading guilty to killing her frail infant has angered police by now denying she is guilty, and claiming she only pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter so she could get out of jail and treat her cervical cancer.
The statements, by 24-year-old Nicole Richards, have prompted police in Apex, N.C., to speak out.
"I am just shocked by her at this point, after having pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, to reach out to this lengths to try to make the point that she didn't do anything inappropriate," said Apex Police Chief Jack Lewis.
"It appears to me she has desires of being seen as a victim," said Lewis. "She is not a victim."
"The victim is Autumn, who was 100 percent dependent on others to care for her," the chief said. "And the standard that you would expect somebody to meet with a child who has health issues is far higher than what took place."
Autumn was born last year two months premature. She had health problems throughout her short life, including a heart condition and hyperthyroidism.
Richards was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2009 after authorities said she put Autumn to sleep face down, despite knowing the potential risk that could cause to her breathing.
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