AUBURN, Maine — A Maine man serving 14 years in prison for killing an 8-month-old girl wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial.
Todd Gamache pleaded guilty to manslaughter three years ago in the March 2007 death of Emmy Leigh Cole. Gamache told police he accidentally dropped the girl while baby-sitting, but an autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
In a hearing Tuesday, the 27-year-old Gamache told Justice Robert Clifford that he didn’t understand what he was pleading guilty to in 2008. He maintained the baby’s death was an accident.
According to the Sun Journal, family members of the girl said they oppose a trial.
The judge is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks.