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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) - Let's just say there won't be any "Mother of the Year" awards waiting for Amanda Redman.
She started her 15 minutes of fame years ago on the "Dr. Phil" show when she appeared with her 3-year-old son, who weighed in at 120 pounds.
Those 15 minutes ended today when a judge sentenced her to prison after she got drunk, passed out, and smothered her 27-day-old daughter to death last year.
A Jackson County judge pulled no punches as he handed down her sentence today.
6 News Nick Perreault was there when it happened.
Fighting back tears, it was Amanda Redman's last chance to convince a judge why she deserves to stay out of prison.
"I love my kids and I always tried to protect them no matter what," said Redman.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kati Rezmierski says Redman did anything, but protect her children, especially 27-day-old Amilia, who died in April 2013. That was after Redman suffocated her following a night of drinking.
"This was coming home and feeding herself and so far as we know not feeding or caring for that child," said Rezmierski.
Rezmierski says two of Redman's children either have fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol affects.
"This is not the young, tired mother with her first infant cudling, lying down on a couch and accidently falling asleep."
And Judge John McBain says Redman had a variety of help from human services and counseling to get better.
"In the end it comes down to you being drunk, out with a 27 day old child," said Judge McBain.
"I regret all of it, Mr. McBain my life will never be the same again," said Redman.
But Judge McBain says probation isn't an option.
"In fact if there would be a poster child in the State of Michigan for an unfit mother it would have your face on it," said Judge McBain.
Judge McBrain sentenced Redman to 2-5 years behind bars. Redman has 42 days to appeal.
In addition to Amilia and the child on the "Dr. Phil show", Redman has had several other children and has lost custody to all of them.