A South Carolina woman was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison Friday after killing her baby with a lethal breastfeeding overdose.
Stephanie Greene, 39, was found guilty of homicide by child abuse after her 6-week-old baby died of a morphine overdose delivered through her breast milk. Greene is the first mother to be prosecuted for killing her child through a substance in her breast milk.
Greeneâ€™s 6-week-old baby Alexis was found dead in her parentsâ€™ bed after 46 days in November 2010. An autopsy conducted on the baby revealed high doses of morphine in the babyâ€™s system- a dose lethal even to an adult. Authorities found no needle marks on the child which led them to believe the drug was given through the motherâ€™s breast milk.