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JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW: 'I'm sorry I wasn't a better mother'

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (KMSP) -

There are more than 600 prisoners at the Shakopee women's prison -- many of whom have a story to tell. This is the story about one prisoner who desperately wishes she could turn back the clock and change the past.

There is not a moment in the day Elizabeth Moorman doesn't think about her son Devin.

"He was amazing, he was my superhero," she said. "Strong, upbeat, hyper -- thought he could fly. I miss him so much."

In September of 2011, 3-year-old Devin died after suffering injuries at the hands of Elizabeth's boyfriend, Anthony Urban -- a man she trusted.

It's a reality that's still setting in.

Urban, who pled guilty to murder, reportedly told police he was brushing Devin's teeth when the boy bit him. He then hit Devin, who fell and hit his head on the floor. According to reports, doctors found a head injury but also punctured lungs and bruises on Devin.

But this story is not about her boyfriend, but rather the decisions Elizabeth made that contributed to her son's death and led her to plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter and child neglect for not protecting Devin.

"I should have known something," she said. "I'm his mother I should have known."

Today, Elizabeth makes her home in a cell at the Shakopee prison. Surrounded by her Bible and pictures of Devin, she says she takes full responsibility for what happened.

"To know that if I had been more aware, that I might have noticed something is pretty impossible to take," she said.

At the time of Devin's death, Elizabeth was addicted to pills, which she says clouded her judgment as to what she says was happening

"Every child deserves a chance and doesn't deserve to be afraid of anybody and I really think that Devin hid it," she said. "He was afraid -- he must have been afraid to tell me."

Elizabeth is now apologizing to everyone she hurt, including Devin's father.

"I'm sorry I wasn't a better mother. I'm sorry I didn't protect him. If I would have known I would have done something and I'm sorry."

To hear Elizabeth's apology is an emotional moment for Doug Smeltz.

"She is starting to take responsibility for what happened and that's the best thing that could possibly happen moving forward," he said.

Smeltz believes Elizabeth is sincere, calling her a good person with a good heart who went down a terrible path of destruction.

"I knew Beth before she started taking these drugs and I‘ve sees her after, and she was two totally different people," he said. "What I see today is that she is starting to become that person she was before."

"I want to be sober," Elizabeth said. "I want to be sober-minded all the time. Now it's something I'm grasping for reaching for and hopefully will work for the rest of my life."

"She has this major tragedy in her life and she can actually go out and do a lot of good for other people," Smeltz said. "Hopefully she'll take advantage of that because it'll help a lot of people."

One month after being sentenced to four years in prison, Elizabeth continues to find her way through God and sobriety and hopes her actions can help others in the future.

"If you ever see anything please speak up, call somebody," she said. "It can make a difference for anybody. No child deserves to hurt, ever."

Elizabeth Moorman is set to get out of prison on May 1, 2014. When she gets out she hopes to volunteer with mothers who are addicts and teach them there is a better way.

As for Anthony Urban, who also pled guilty and is serving 15 years in prison, we reached out and asked if he wanted to talk about this story. So far, he says he would like to think about it. If and when he tells his story, we'll bring it to you.

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