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A Colorado mom whose 5-year-old daughter died of acute meth poisoning has pleaded guilty to murder — in a plea deal that could still see her get more than 50 years in prison, according to reports.
Stephanie Alvarado, 27, admitted second-degree murder in the death of daughter Sophia Larson, who was left “seeing monsters and demons” after drinking from her mother’s bong in December last year.
Alvarado pleaded guilty to avoid her initial charge of first-degree murder — but still faces 16 to 48 years at her sentencing in January, Fox 31 said.
She also faces up to six years’ prison for a domestic abuse charge for attacking her ex — the father of her late daughter — in January, just hours before her first court appearance over her child’s death, the station said.
The conditions of her plea mean she could potentially be sentenced to a combined 54 years, although Judge Denise Lynch could decide to have the two sentences run concurrently, the outlet said.
Alvarado had been taking drugs with two of her cousins when the youngster drank water from a bong — then waited hours to get medical help because she feared losing custody, the report said.
The two cousins with her were also charged. The case against one, Daniel Alvarado, is still pending, while the other, Bertha Ceballos-Roma, was deported to Mexico in October, the station said.
Little Sophia’s dad, Alec Larson, said his ex had been a good mother until she got hooked on drugs, which he blamed for their break up.
“I didn’t think we were going to bury my daughter. I thought we were going to bury her mom and it just took a turn for the worst,” he told Fox 31.