A Utah woman was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after admitting to giving her toddler daughter methadone to get her to sleep.
In court, 27-year-old Courtney Howell pleaded guilty to manslaughter and exposing a child to a controlled substance.
Howell was sentenced to two consecutive 15-year prison terms.
In March of last year, investigators found traces of methadone, a painkiller often used to treat heroin addiction, in Howell’s 17-month-old daughter’s baby bottle.
In court, Howell begged for leniency, saying, “Trying to forgive myself in an endless battle I struggle with daily. I can’t make up my wrong by giving my little girl back her life.”
Judge David Hamilton rejected her plea for a lenient sentence, saying that she had made reckless life choices.
“The child didn’t have a chance,” Hamilton said.