COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother has been sentenced to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the heroin-related death of her 14-month-old daughter.
Erica Maria Barley was charged after her daughter, Annabella Sagstetter, died last year from ingesting fentanyl-laced heroin at what authorities say was a drug house in Columbus.
Defense attorney Mark Collins says the 33-year-old Barley was in the "dark grasps" of her addiction when she took the child into a drug house to buy drugs.
Collins says Barley understands she must take responsibility and pay her debts to society. Barley faced up to 11 years in prison.
Fentanyl-laced heroin is partly responsible for record numbers of overdose deaths in Ohio.