Mom Who Killed Baby Through Breastfeeding Gets 20 Years
Her morphine got into the infant's system
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2014 11:48 AM CDT
Stephanie Greene.   (Spartanburg County Detention Center)

(Newser) – A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for inadvertently killing her baby through breastfeeding. Prosecutors made the case that Stephanie Greene, 39, was taking so many prescription painkillers that her 6-week-old daughter overdosed, reports WYFF. The infant had a toxic level of morphine in her system upon death. Greene is a former nurse, and she hid her pregnancy from her primary doctor so she could continue getting her prescriptions all the while. She had her husband pick them up when she began showing.

Greene's lawyers say she became addicted to the drugs following a bad car crash a decade ago, reports AP. "She needed those meds to get up in the morning and function," said one. "She was on total disability because of her pain, her fibromyalgia, and all the other things wrong with her." Greene plans to appeal, but as of now she is not eligible for parole for 16 years. She was found guilty of homicide by child abuse yesterday, and sentenced today. She also faces dozens of charges over fraudulent prescriptions.

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Apr 7, 2014 12:37 AM CDT
Getting hooked on prescription narcotic pain relievers is a more frequent occurrence than people think. Some people are susceptible to addiction than others.. My daughter has to take Morphine for her Sickle Cell Crises and actually passed it onto my granddaughter internally. The birth hospital not only reported her for suspected child abuse, but also hospitalized my granddaughter for 10 days to wean her off of the prescription meds. This woman did breastfeeding, which is quite different. Where was the prenatal care or Dr's advice not to breastfeed while on the medication. .
Apr 5, 2014 12:19 AM CDT
Quite the opposite:
Apr 4, 2014 11:33 PM CDT
This makes no sense. She's a nurse so she should understand the risks... and she still didn't use a bottle instead of breastfeeding?!