Callous Hannah Price, 25, asked for donations for the funeral of tragic four-year-old Amelia Brooke Harris.
Little Amelia — described by her family as a "fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl" — was found dead at her home in, Trealaw, Rhondda, in June.
Amelia's mum Carly Ann Harris, 37, has been charged with her murder and is due to stand trial on 3 December.
A court heard Price took to the streets to collect money from kind-hearted people to help pay for the funeral.
But the fraud was actually raising the cash to buy drugs, jurors were told.
Rachel Knight, prosecuting, said: "She was so desperate for money she decided to embark on this fraud."
Price preyed on local business and people in the Pontypridd and Rhondda area of South Wales.
She even visited two vulnerable residents — stealing a wallet, bank cards and a purse from their homes.
One victim was housebound John Owen who pledged £10 to Price — who took his details down in a black book in an effort to appear legitimate.
But Price returned to the home a second time asking for a signature — and fled with Mr Jones' wallet.
In a victim impact statement, he said that he and his wife were "no longer the same people."
'Caring and bubbly' – Four-year-old Amelia Harris, who was found dead in June
Heartbroken relatives described her as "fun-loving, caring and bubbly".
Carly Harris, 37, was charged with the murder of the toddler.
She is due to stand trial at Merthyr Crown Court in 3 December.
She denies murder and unlawful killing.
The family said the young girl was a "loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, niece and cousin".
They added: "Amelia was beautiful both inside and out – and was a fun-loving, caring and bubbly little girl."
"She was taken far too early from us and had her whole life ahead of her.
"Words cannot convey how we are feeling at this moment in time. We know our lives will never be the same again."
Another of Price's victims was 94-year-old Beryl Rowe who realised her purse was missing after Price had been to her home to use the phone.
Merthyr Crown Court heard that Price even returned to Ms Row's house — thanking her for allowing her to use the phone.
When Price was confronted by the Ms Row, Price "didn't seem bothered" that the police had been contacted.
Ms Knight said: "Price even helped her victim look for her purse before leaving."
Lawrence Jones, defending, said: "This was an appalling act of criminal activity and she understands that fully.
"She will do her upmost to become drug free and stay drug free."
Price, of Treorchy, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and two counts of dwelling burglary.
She was sentenced to a total of three years and three months behind bars at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
Judge Richard Twomlow said: "You claimed to be a friend of the family.
"Community emotion was high and you took advantage of that."
"You were preying on people's emotions in a manipulative way. It is hard to think of a more callous crime."
Mani Ranauta of the CPS said: “Price took advantage of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a young child in order to fuel her drug addiction.
“Her actions were callous and calculated.
“She also took advantage of the same situation to gain access to someone’s home, stealing while pretending to do a good deed.
“The support of the local community allowed the CPS to build a strong case against Price resulting in guilty pleas to these crimes."
Amelia's body was found on a coffee table in the garden in Trealaw, near Tonypandy, South Wales.
Amelia's mum, Carly Ann Harris, 37, has denied murdering or unlawfully killing the little girl and will stand trial next year.
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