“I worked at the facility for 11 years,” said Lacreshia Miles.
Miles and two other employees lost their jobs at the Brenham State Supported Living Center after 48-year-old Amy Parrish was found dead in the back of a van.
“I’m terribly upset over the passing of this young lady,” Miles said. “I pray for her family each and every day.”
Miles spoke exclusively to FOX 26 before turning herself in to the Washington County Jail to face murder charges.
“I have not harmed anyone and I did not harm this young lady,” Miles said. “So how would that make me a murderer.”
The D.A.’s office says Miles and two of her co-workers had a responsibility to protect Parrish from injury. The disabled woman apparently died from the heat after being left in the van used to transport residents back in July.
“It’s been hard for all of us and I’m praying for all of us, but I feel like I’m innocent,” said Miles.
“Lacreshia Miles did not put the lady on the van, she didn’t work with the lady on the van, she was only told to do an exit check of the vehicle when the vehicle came back,” said community activist Quanell X.
Quanell X says the driver of the van was negligent, not Miles.
“She was never instructed to get on the van to look seat by seat for anybody or anything,” the community activist said. “She was never taught to do that. She was never instructed to do that.”
But Miles is now facing first degree felony murder charges.
“That’s been very hard for me. I’ve had to deal with certain obstacles in my own life dealing with this,” Miles said. “Take life seriously because it can change at any moment value your life.”