ST. JOSEPH — Carmen Clark told a Berrien County judge Friday that her daughter, Carmisha Slayton, was the light of her life.

“The bond we had was the best part of my life. To watch her fight for her life … I never left her side throughout a week of her fighting,” Clark, appearing by video and talking through tears, told Berrien County Trial Court Judge Gary Bruce. “The bond we had was the best part of my life. She was my everything, my best friend, my daughter.”

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