September 22, 2010
A woman facing trial in the death of an infant asphyxiated by a
car-seat strap has entered an Alford plea to a child-neglect charge.
"The Daily Press" reports that 38-year-old Tamecca Sheri Clay entered the plea Tuesday in Newsport News Circuit Court.
In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict.
Under the plea agreement, a manslaughter charge was dismissed and a felony child-neglect charge was reduced to a lesser felony. Clay received a five-year suspended sentence.
Authorities say Clay was an unlicensed day-care provider who was watching six-month Shaelyn McMahon. The girl was left in a car seat on the floor and was asphyxiated by a chest strap.