Finkbeiner accepted responsibility for the death of her one-year-old daughter. She pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter.
She was negligent in leaving the baby unattended in the bathtub where she drowned.
The judge believed finkbeiner is not a threat to the public or her other two children and her own regret is more than a court can impose.
"She has to accept the fact that it happened and she has to move on. I think she will. I feel strongly that the two kids she has are going to pay a big price," said Larry Stephenson, defense lawyer.
Finkbeiner's family says the baby's organs were donated and are credited with saving the life of a California woman.