(FOX NEWS) - An Illinois woman who survived a suicide attempt after killing her 28-year-old adopted disabled daughter pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Wednesday and could be sentenced next week to more than a decade behind bars.
Prosecutors have recommended Bonnie Liltz, 57, be given four years of probation and mental health treatment; however, Judge Joel Greenblatt has the authority to send her to prison for 14 years, The Chicago Tribune reported. Liltz had originally been charged with first-degree murder, which carried a minimum of 20 years behind bars, The Chicago Sun Times reported.
Liltz had been the primary caretaker for her daughter, Courtney, who had cerebral palsy and was adopted by Liltz when she was 5 years old. Because of her condition, Courtney could not feed herself or talk and her mobility was strictly limited.
But Courtney, with the mental capacity of a toddler, was still able to show some feelings and perform some functions. When a family friend came over to visit Liltz and Courtney before she died, Courtney was sitting on a blanket playing with toys and watching television, The Tribune reported. When the family friend told Courtney that she was pretty, the girl squealed, got up and took a few steps.
Liltz twice suffered from ovarian cancer, and the second time, in 2012, the disease forced her to put Courtney in an assisted-living facility. Unhappy with the way Courtney was cared for at the facility, Liltz decided no one else would be able to care for Courtney if something were to happen to Liltz, who had also developed severe intestinal issues, The Tribune Reported.