Mother gets 20 years in prison after young daughter's death
Natalie Russell

via KNXV

PHOENIX -- (KNXV) -- A Phoenix mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder in her young daughter's death.

Natalie Russell originally was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the April 2016 death of her daughter, Adalynn, who was nearly two years old.

She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December 2017.

Autopsy results showed the girl had toxic levels of methadone and methamphetamines in her system at the time of her death, which was ruled a homicide.

Police say Russell "recklessly left a 120 mg bottle of liquid methadone in reach of her children" and Adalynn drank some of the drug used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in those addicted to opiates.

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