"We will always remember her:" Vigil held for West Allis toddler dead from apparent overdose
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It was an emotional night in West Allis as candles were lit to honor an 18-month-old girl who overdosed after getting a hold of her father's Percocet pills.
The vigil was put on by Guardians of the Children, a group that supports families and those affected by child abuse or violence.
Court documents say Isabella Gibson died alone in her crib of an oxycodone overdose. Her parents believed she had been sleeping for 14 hours on July 28. They discovered her unconscious, face down in vomit.
"Him and his wife loved their children. They put up a fence to protect them. Mistakes happen," said neighbor Charles Doyle.
The girl's father, 25-year-old Robert Gibson is in custody. His neighbor says Gibson is an addict but was a good father.
"He's willing to pay for it I'm sure," said Doyle.
Guardians of the Children says Gibson has his life, something Isabella will never have.
"If they spend their lives in prison is there really justice? They get to breathe and eat and enjoy their birthdays but the children can never ever again."
The father faces 60 years in prison after a neighbor secretly recorded a video of the father, admitting his Percocet pills went missing and that he thought his daughter had eaten them.
"We will always remember her, we will go to court for her. Make sure justice is served. We will celebrate her birthdays for her."
While her flame burnt out too soon, the group takes solace in the fact that Isabella will never be forgotten.
The toddler's funeral was on Monday.
Her father, Robert Gibson, will be back in court on Monday.