Tracie Schuler, 43, faces 10 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 14. She told Washoe District Judge Steven Kosach that she wasn’t a flight risk as she awaits sentencing, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
She also argued she needed to sort out her trust fund during her incarceration.
But Kosach denied the request Friday, agreeing with prosecutors who cited Schuler’s history of drug arrests and her attempt to flee when she was indicted in her daughter’s 2009 death.
At the time of Jessika Haberle’s death, Schuler had been taking prescribed doses of liquid methadone to curb her heroin addiction.
The girl’s father found Jessika not breathing after she was put down for a nap on Feb. 23, 2009. She died at a hospital.
Toxicology tests showed she died of methadone poisoning, and authorities said she had more than nine times the amount of the drug that would kill an adult in her system.
Toxicology experts also testified that, based on the girl’s hair analysis, she had twice ingested methadone months before her death.
In letters to the judge, family and friends described Schuler as a “kind and caring person,” but Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Greco took exception to the characterization.
“The defendant’s first child, who was born heroin-addicted, and her second child, whom the defendant was convicted of murdering, would probably disagree,” the prosecutor said.