Ky. babysitter convicted of toddler's death receives 35 years

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 10:32 PM

HARDIN CO., Ky. (WHAS 11) -- Twenty-eight-year-old Ashley Chapman was sentenced Thursday morning after she was convicted of killing two-year-old Layla Johnson.

A judge sentenced Chapman to 35 years in prison and she was ordered to complete a substance abuse program.  Prosecutor's said Chapman was under the influence of prescription drugs while she was babysitting Layla and the little girl was injured.

Originally Chapman was charged with criminal abuse, but the charges were upgraded to murder after when Layla died four days after she was hospitalized due to her injuries.

Layla's mother and grandmother both made impact statements.

"You deserve the death penalty. You are a monster," Layla's mother to Chapman in court. "There is no way to express what you took from us. Everything is the only word that comes to mind."

Chapman's family wrote a letter expressing their sadness by the loss of Layla Johnson and as well as their daughter Ashley. Family said they are hurt by Chapman's drug use and says "we are forever changed as a family"

WHAS11's Brooke Katz was at the sentencing and will have a live report coming up during the News at Noon.

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