SC woman faces sentence in breast feeding overdose
Stephanie Greene, 37, found guilty in the death of her 6-week-old , who investigators say died from a lethal dose of morphine ingested through the breast milk. Photo Courtesy: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center.
By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A woman faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.
A Spartanburg County jury found 39-year-old Stephanie Greene guilty of homicide by child abuse Thursday. She is being sentenced at a hearing Friday morning.
A pathologist testified the infant had what could have been a lethal level of morphine for an adult in her system in November 2010. Prosecutors say Greene hid her pregnancy from her doctors and didn't tell them she was breast feeding so they would continue to prescribe painkillers.
Greene's lawyer says prosecutors never proved how the baby got the morphine or that heavy doses of the painkiller could pass through breast milk.
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