UPDATED: Mom charged with aggravated murder, pleads not guilty
Kristina Buckley is accused of murdering 11-year-old daughter Cecilia on June 2
The Sherwood woman accused of murdering her 11-year-old daughter has had her charge increased from murder to aggravated murder.
38-year-old Kristina Buckley Buckley was arraigned on the new charge Thursday.
Through her court appointed attorneys Buckley pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated murder.
Buckley, who did not speak during Thursdays court appearance was dressed in lime green prison garb.
Under Oregon law murdering some younger than 14 can be considered aggravated murder.
Buckley was arrested last week after being released from the hospital with self-inflicted wounds and was charged with one count of murder, but on Tuesday a Washington County grad jury indicted Buckley on a charge of aggravated murder.
Prosecutors say that Buckley strangled her 11-year-old daughter Cecilia to death in her home in the
Police and fire crews responded to Buckley's home in the 17600 block of Southwest Galewood Court at about 5 p.m., June 2 where they found Patrick Buckley, Kristina's husband, over his daughter's body performing CPR.
Cecilia was transported to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin where she was pronounced dead.
Autopsy results concluded that she had been strangled to death.
Prosecutors say Buckley admitted to strangling her daughter in order to protect the girl from pedophiles, and then tried to kill herself.
She is being held in the Washington County Jail, without bail.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, June 27.
If convicted Buckley will face the death penalty.