Mom Gets 20 Years for Killing Baby Through Breast Milk

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a South Carolina woman to 20 years in prison 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. The former nurse said nothing in court Friday during her sentencing.

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 and didn’t tell doctors she was breast-feeding so they would continue prescribing painkillers.

Greene’s lawyer says he will appeal because there is no evidence this level of morphine can pass through breast milk.

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