POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Powell County judge agreed with the Commonwealth's recommendation that Jessica Charles should serve three years for the death of her young daughter who was beaten to death in 2010.
"Justice has not been done for Danika and we won't rest until it is," said Jessica Charles' stepmother, Sherrie Charles.
More than two years after police said Danika Charles was beaten to death, her mother faced sentencing for reckless homicide. Jessica Charles pleaded guilty to the charge, saying she had left the 22-month-old in another man's care. Charles told police she discovered her daughter unresponsive later.
"My daughter's dead! She was hurt! She's dead!" Charles screamed on the 911 recording.
Investigators had said she caused her daughter's death by striking her, but she says she did everything she could to save her daughter. In entering her guilty plea, she admits to leaving the girl alone with another man, but not to killing her. Her family says that man is responsible for killing her.
"He was continually harming her and it was masked through symptoms that we thought might be an illness and if anyone would have ever thought or known, this would have never happened...never. She had no idea," said Sherrie Charles.
Charles has already spend nearly two and a half years in jail. Her attorney says she may also get extra credit for good behavior so she may not spend much longer behind bars at all.
The man the Charles family says is responsible for young Danika's death is serving time for an unrelated crime.