Guilty Plea in Crash that Killed Baby

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The woman who was driving drunk behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a mother and baby, killing that seven-month-old girl, confessed and plead guilty in court Wednesday afternoon.

Loved ones of little Baylee packed into court for the emotional plea hearing.

24-year-old Danielle Kellogg told Judge Michael D'Amico that while "driving intoxicated, I caused an incident and caused a death. And I had a prior."

Kellogg plead guilty to first degree vehicular manslaughter.

Prosecutors say she was driving home after a night of partying at a friend's house.

Her blood alcohol level was at least 0.13. That's on top of marijuana and cocaine also in her system.

Kellogg faces up to 15 years behind bars.

However, no matter how harsh the punishment, it will not bring back Baylee.

The family's attorney, Steve Boyd, says her parents are "in grief. You lose your baby and this doesn't go away. So it's still a very tough time for them."

On November 27th, 2012, at nine in the morning on Route 20, Kellogg's car crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing into Denise Hine and her baby. Hine's vehicle ripped in two.

The family is too grief-stricken to talk right now. However, in the day after the crash, her father described their loss.

"She was the best baby that anybody could ever have," Scott Dion said. "She was nothing but smiles. She never cried."

District Attorney Frank Sedita says when anyone gets behind the wheel drunk, "Not only are you putting your life in danger, but your putting the lives of others in danger, including the lives of little kids that are strapped into baby carriers."

Baylee's mother, Denise, was seriously injured in the crash. She has now recovering physically.

Kellogg faces anywhere from one to fifteen years behind bars.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 22nd.

In a separate incident, Kellogg previously plead guilty to Driving While Ability Impaired in Cattaraugus County.