A Winnipeg mother who killed her young child has been sentenced to 12 years.

In June 2009, Nicole Redhead held her hand over the mouth of her 21-month-old daughter until she stopped breathing, court heard.

Autopsies on Jaylene Sanderson-Redhead's body later revealed past abuse. More than 30 bruises were found on the child's body from her head to the bottom of her feet.

Nicole Redhead, a former prostitute and crack addict, regained custody of Jaylene in 2009, court heard. The two were living in an aboriginal women's shelter at the time of the Jaylene's death.

Nicole Redhead, 29, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Justice Glenn Joyal sentenced Redhead Wednesday morning to 12 years, saying the case showed an unspeakable brutality.

Jaylene's grandmother Sky Sanderson told CTV News she's still haunted by the little girl's death.

"God gave us these kids to look after them, not destroy them," said Sanderson.

The Crown had asked for 12 years, while the defence had wanted five years.

Nicole Redhead's lawyers said they will most likely appeal the decision.

Under the 12-year sentence Redhead also gets credit for time already served, leaving her eight years and eight months on her sentence.

- with a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley