BROOKSVILLE — A judge has accepted Tiffany Mitchell’s open guilty plea that could send her to prison for 13 years for the death of her 2-year-old daughter.
Law enforcement believes Mitchell’s daughter, Kaylynn “Bella” Mitchell, swallowed an oxycodone pill left on a bedside table by her mother on the evening of Jan. 30, 2011.
The girl lost consciousness the next morning and died before paramedics arrived.
Mitchell, now 29, has been out of jail on $10,000 bond awaiting trial.
Hernando County records do not indicate she has any previous criminal history.
Assistant State Attorney Sonny McCathran said Mitchell’s sentence will be capped at 157 months, according to the open plea agreement. The state was seeking a first-degree felony manslaughter charge with a 30-year maximum.
She is expected to be sentenced Nov. 4.