Guilty Plea Entered
Updated: Monday, February 18 2013, 02:08 PM EST
A Swain County woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her grand-niece.
Ladybird Powell also pleaded guilty to two charges of felony child abuse in the death of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn.
Powell was sentenced to at least 9 years behind bars.
Aubrey Littlejohn was in Powell's care when she died in January of 2011.
Court records indicate the child was left alone, kept in soiled diapers, and was neglected.
Tonight on News 13 at 6:00pm we'll have reaction to the guilty plea from the little girl's family.