A Rochester woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attempted murder of her 7-year-old granddaughter.

In October, police said Stephany Ruckdeschel gave the 7-year-old girl a drug at her home on Wetmore Park. Prosecutors say Ruckdeschel wanted to take her own life along with the child’s life.

Thankfully, the 7-year-old girl is still alive and well thanks to the actions of first responders.

“With Stephany Ruckdeschel’s admission of guilt, the young victim and the rest of her family can start to move on from this incredibly traumatic event,” said Assistant District Attorney Amanda Balling. “By pleading guilty to the attempted murder of her granddaughter, the child will not have to go through the difficult process of testifying against her grandmother in court. I want to thank the Rochester Police Department, the Rochester Fire Department and the ARM Rochester Medical staff for the quick response that saved a child’s life and ultimately led to the apprehension of Ruckdeschel. It is the hope of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office that the victim can continue to heal from this emotionally and physically disturbing incident now that the defendant is behind bars.”

Ruckdeschel will serve five years of post-release supervision following her release from prison. A no-contact order is also in place for the granddaughter.