A Hernando County woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old daughter accepted responsibility and asked the judge for leniency Monday.
Tiffany Mitchell was sentenced with two and a half years in prison.
"It is something I will have to live with until I die," she told the Judge Tatti Monday afternoon.
She asked for leniency in the manslaughter death of her daughter Kaylynn.
"I keel her memory alive by telling others the dangers of narcotics," she said.
Kaylynn's father Kraig Broshears was also in court asking the judge to take a harder line.
"Because Kaylynn's mother wanted to be high instead of a mother, I lost my daughter," he said.
Mitchell plead guilty in a Hernando County courtroom to aggravated manslaughter, after Kaylynn died from an overdose of Oxycodone.
Mitchell told investigators she got the pill from a relative for cramps-one night in 2011.
After tucking her daughter in for bed, she took a shower, but the pill disappeared from her night stand. The next morning Kaylynn was dead.
"I forgive you, but I won't forget it. Nothing will bring my daughter back," said Broshears.
As Mitchell begged for lenience Kaylynn's father and grandmother insisted she pay for her mistakes.
"That little girl was more like a daughter than a granddaughter to me," said Loretta Doughty.
Her sons from another dad, watched as their mother told the judge she messed up.
"I just want to face this and do what's right for her," she said.
The decision weighed heavily on the judge.
"Today is not the first day I thought about your sentence and I doubt it will be the last," said Judge Tatti.
He told her the right thing to do would have been to wake Kaylynn up and take her to the hospital the minute she saw the pill was missing.
"Your daughter's life came to end because you made a decision for yourself and not her," he told her.
Her sons and family cried as the judge sentenced her to two and a half years in prison. She faced a maximum of 13 years.
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