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Man convicted of unlawful sex with minor, other charges

It wasn't her first attempt at sobriety, but this time Hailey Cole vowed that things would be different. She would stay clean, get her life together.

Hailey, 19, didn't make it.

In June 2016, days after a judge approved her release from substance abuse rehabilitation, Hailey called her mother, Stephanie Looney, from Florida Hospital Oceanside. She said she'd been hit by a car while riding her bike.

Hailey put a nurse on the line. Hailey was fine, the nurse said.

That was the last time Looney heard her daughter's voice. When she called back to the hospital later, Hailey was gone. The nurse said she'd phoned someone else to pick her up.

Hailey died the...