"She loved that little guy with all her heart," husband Cody Goff wrote to the judge. "I'm telling you, as the father to that child, she absolutely never meant any harm to that beautiful young person or any of her kids."
Jill Goff called 911 on Friday evening when the family discovered that the toddler, Aiden Goff, was not breathing. Emergency responders tried to save the toddler, but he died at the home at 485 Oak St., said Tooele police Capt. Paul Wimmer.
A funeral service is planned for the child on Saturday in Grantsville, according to the family letters.
"We are all devastated by this accident," wrote Margaret Goff, Aiden's grandmother. "Jill loves her kids and has always tried to be there with all the problems. I know she did not intentionally do anything to hurt the kids. I can't even imagine the pain she is feeling right now."
Court records do not indicate whether Adkins made any decision about the family's request.
Several hours after Aiden died, the boy's 8-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister turned up at the emergency room having also ingested methadone, police say. Both survived.
The 8-year-old told his aunt, and the 5-year-old told a detective, that their mother fixed a pink drink for Aiden, according to a probable cause statement. He did not like the drink so Goff had the 5-year-old taste it, and she said it was "gross," the statement adds. Jill Goff then had the 8-year-old taste it, and he said it tasted like medicine, according to the statement.
Investigators suspect the drink was Goff's colored, liquid methadone that was kept in a Gatorade bottle, Wimmer said.
"We think she may have inadvertently served it," Wimmer said Monday.
Goff told investigators that after the taste tests, she realized that she had poured the methadone and not Gatorade into the cup, according to the probable cause statement. Goff said she tried to get Aiden to throw up, then went to bed and took a nap with him, the statement adds.
"When asked, she said she didn't call [emergency responders] or poison control because she was scared," according to the statement.
Goff has no prior criminal history in Utah, according to a search of state records.