The mother of a toddler found dead in her bed denied during a police interview that she killed her three-year-old daughter, a court has been told.
Lesley Dunford told officers at Hastings police station in May 2004 that she had never struggled as a mother and she had no reason to kill her daughter, the court heard.
The 33-year-old is accused of murdering Lucy Dunford by smothering her in her bed at the family home in Pelwood Road, Camber, near Rye, East Sussex, on February 2, 2004.
During a police interview on May 7, when Dunford was asked in the presence of a solicitor and an appropriate adult whether she killed her daughter, she replied: "I did not kill her. I have no reason to kill."
She told officers she had never suffered with depression and did not feel that she had a mental illness, and added: "So no, I do not believe I killed her."
A jury at Lewes Crown Court heard that Dunford did not try to resuscitate her daughter when she found her because she was too frightened to touch her.
The jurors were shown two hours of police interview DVDs in which Dunford described what happened when she discovered Lucy was not breathing at about 3pm on February 2.
She said: "I felt being her mother, I thought I should be able to do resuscitation on her, but I was absolutely petrified. I was afraid to touch her. I just went into shock. I just did not know what to do first."
During a second police interview on May 7, officers pointed out a number of discrepancies in Dunford's account of what happened on the day her daughter died, compared with an interview she had given to police in February 2004, the court heard.
Dunford told police her account was different in February because her daughter had died 48 hours previously and she was not thinking straight at the time, the court heard. Dunford, of Rydal Mews, Windermere Close, Exeter, denies murder.