Drug Law

Mother Sentenced To 20 Years For Overdosing Her Baby Through Breast Milk

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A South Carolina woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after she was convicted of killing her infant daughter with breast milk tainted with morphine.

Stephanie Greene, 39, was found guilty of child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and unlawful conduct toward a child in the 2010 death of 1-month-old Alexis.

Greene still has 38 fraudulent prescription drug charges pending, according to solicitor Barry Barnett.

The baby was found dead Nov. 13, 2010, in Greene’s Campobello home.

Investigators with the coroner’s office testified that Greene was slurring her words, appeared disoriented, and had unfocused vision when they arrived on the scene.

Barnett said a toxicology report found morphine in Greene’s blood, liver, and brain. The benzodiazepine Klonopin was also present.

Forensic evidence showed Greene’s drug use contributed to the infant’s death.

A pathologist testified that Alexis had a lethal level of morphine in her system. She had no needle marks on her body.

Greene was found guilty after a four-day trial. Her attorney says she plans to appeal the ruling.

Sources: 19 Action News, Huffington Post