Mom sentenced in 2-year-old's oxycodone pill death

Judge says she could have saved her

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - Tiffany Mitchell walked into a Hernando County courtroom with her two sons; the boys fought back tears during the sentencing hearing.

A large group supporters also backed Mitchell, writing letters to the judge.

Mitchell hoped to stay out of prison and continue to be raise her boys.

She told a judge that she thinks about Kaylynn everyday and sees the little girl in her dreams.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, it's something I'll have to live with forever till the day I day," she said.

In January 2011, investigators say 2-year-old Kaylynn found a loose oxycodone on her mother's nightstand.

The girl was found dead and Mitchell was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Mitchell says she now tries to help people from making the same mistake she did.

"I want to keep her memory alive by letting other people the dangers of narcotics," said Mitchell.

Kaylynn's biological father also spoke and addressed Mitchell directly.

 "I do forgive you, but I'm not going to forget it..I miss my daughter, and there's nothing that's going to bring her back," said Kraig Broshears of Brooksville.

The judge could have given Mitchell 13 years, instead it's just two and half. But still a sad day for Mitchell's family as she was handcuffed and taken away.

Before leaving the courtroom and her sons,  she appeared to mouth the words "I love to you" to her family.

The judge said despite what Mitchell has already been through, she deserved prison time because she could have done something to save her daughter.

He noted that after realizing the pill was missing, she should have thought about Kaylynn and taken her to the hospital to get her stomach pumped.

Mitchell's sister will now look after her two sons.

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