"When we first saw this case, I was surprised to locate a missing child," says Assistant U.S. Attorney, Nathan Williams. " I think it's rare to locate missing children at all, let alone to find them alive and healthy. This sentence and this plea, it was a small step in a long road."
Barnett was arrested in Australia in November 2013 and spent nearly a year behind bars there, before being extradited back to Charleston last September.
As part of Tuesday's ruling, Barnett is being credited with time served. Her attorney, Russell Mace, expects that she will be released in 11 to 12 weeks.
Her daughter has remained supportive of Barnett.
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