Tiffany Lynn Mitchell was sentenced to 30 months in prison after being charged with manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. Mitchell said the girl died after apparently taking an oxycodone tablet she left on her nightstand.
Brooksville, Florida - A Spring Hill mother was sentenced today for causing the death of her toddler in January 2011.
With her sons in tow, Tiffany Mitchell walked into the Hernando County courthouse to learn her punishment in the death of her daughter, Kaylynn.
The 2-year-old died after swallowing an Oxycodone pill that was on Mitchell's nightstand.
"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my daughter ... how much I miss her, and I wish I could hold her again," she told a judge.
Facing 13 years in prison, Mitchell and a room of supporters pleaded for some leniency.
"I was a functioning person. I had a job and always took care of everything I needed to, but this happened," said Mitchell.
But Kaylynn's father and grandmother urged the judge to hand down the maximum penalty allowed by law.
"It just broke my heart when I found out she had passed away," said Loretta Sue Doughty.
"She meant more to me like my daughter than she was my granddaughter."
Mitchell's ex-boyfriend, Kraig Broschears, testified during the sentencing for the prosecution, who asked for 13 years behind bars.
"When I wake up, I'll never get to see you go to school, lose your first tooth, because your mother wanted to get high instead of being a mother to her child."
In addition to having to pay court cost and restitution, the judge also granted a requested that ordered Mitchell to stay away Broschears after she was released.