SC woman guilty in breast feeding overdose death
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A Spartanburg County jury has found a 39-year-old woman guilty of homicide by child abuse after prosecutors say she killed her 6-week-old daughter through an overdose of morphine in her breast milk.
Stephanie Greene faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced Friday morning.
Authorities say the baby was found dead in her parents' bed in November 2010.
A pathologist testified the baby had what could have been a lethal level of morphine for an adult in her system. 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.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.