A Westlake, Ohio, babysitter who admitted to giving Xanax to an 18-month-old baby girl who later died was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison.
Cleveland.com reports that Summer Susan Shalodi, 32, gave the drug to Nadia Gibbons on December 12, 2015, then went to the movies with a friend. She returned to find Gibbons unresponsive and tried to revive her by sticking the child in hot water and violently shaking her.
Responding crews noted that the 18-month-old was cold to the touch and had died hours before Shalodi called them, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities determined that Gibbons died from head trauma and Alprazolam intoxication. Facing murder charges, Shalodi pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, and corrupting another with drugs, according to court documents obtained by the local newspaper.
“I wish there were more pages in this book but there aren’t because of what this defendant did or didn’t do,” Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Cook Dezort said while viewing a photo album of the victim. “By 8:45 p.m. or so she had left Nadia in the hands of another babysitter – Xanax. So she could go out, get wine, go to the movies and not return until close to 2:30 a.m. And then when Nadia wasn’t responding, instead of calling 911 or her father who’s a doctor, she started doing things to revive Nadia.”
Dezort also claimed if Shalodi had called 911 immediately after discovering Gibbons that it’s likely she would’ve survived, The Chronicle-Telegram reported.
In court, Shalodi took responsibility for her actions and apologized to the victim’s family.
“I was trying to find the right words, but there will never be the right sorries. I can only offer my apology now and say that if I could fix this I would,” she said.
“I think about it all the time, every single day, all the time. I am so ashamed. I don’t think you’ll never know how sorry.”
[Featured Image: Facebook/Nadia Gibbons]