Ohio mom faces sentencing in toddler’s heroin death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother faces up to 11 years in prison at sentencing 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 drug addiction when she took the child into a drug house.

Collins is asking a judge at Barley’s sentencing on Thursday to consider a sentence of between four and five years.

Collins says Barley understands she must take responsibility and pay her debts to society.

Fentanyl-laced heroin is partly responsible for record numbers of overdose deaths in Ohio.