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Mother sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in daughter's death

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Traci Carpenter was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days behind bars Monday, with an additional three years of house arrest in the 2006 death of her 18 month-old daughter Sierra.

Carpenter's boyfriend at the time, Brian Rutherford, has already been to trial over the death. He was acquitted in 2008.

State prosecutors said during Monday's hearing that during Rutherford trial, Carpenter testified she smoked marijuana & meth while caring for Sierra.

The 18-month old infant died of blunt force trauma, according to the medical examiner.

In court Monday, Carpenter said on the stand "I failed my daughter. I don't know if I can ever forgive myself."
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