MODESTO -- A 31-year-old Oakdale woman today pleaded no contest to two felonies in connection with the death of her infant daughter, who was found to have high levels of methamphetamine in her body.
Nicole Leann Smith now faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Nancy Ashley scheduled Smith to return to court May 7 for her sentencing hearing.
The defendant was convicted of willful cruelty to a child and causing great bodily injury to a child. The Stanislaus County district attorneys office did not offer Smith a plea deal, so the defense attorney told the judge his client would have to enter a no contest plea and let the court decide her sentence.