"It's one thing to be a loving parent, but with that there comes responsibility,” said prosecutor Matt Selby. “Our argument is that responsibility includes making sure a child eats and drinks, grows. If those things don't happen, to seek medical attention to figure out why that is not happening and try to remedy that situation."
Jackson’s defense attorney, Joe Passanise, said his client didn’t believe she did anything wrong. Her other children were small, Passanise said.
"It was never her intent to knowingly create a substantial risk to her child. For that, she wanted her day in court," said Passanise.
The child's father, Joshua Jackson, was able to avoid prison by entering an Alford plea to involuntary manslaughter, meaning he claimed he is innocent of the crime but admitted the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.
Bambi Jackson faces up to 11 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.