SC woman gets 20 years in breast milk homicide of daughter

Stephanie Greene, 39, of, Campobello, S.C.

Stephanie Greene, 39, of, Campobello, S.C.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of killing her infant daughter with drugs in her breast milk.

Stephanie Greene, 39, of, Campobello, was found guilty of homicide by child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and unlawful conduct toward a child in the 2010 death of her 46-day-old daughter, Alexis.

On Nov. 13, 2010, the baby was found dead in her parent’s bed, according to solicitor Barry Barnett.

When the coroner’s office investigators arrived at the scene, Greene was slurring her words, had unfocused eyes and appeared disoriented, according to testimony at the trial.

Barnett said a toxicology report showed a toxic level of morphine in Greene’s blood, liver and brain. He said other drugs were also in her system, including Klonopin.

Greene did not disclose her morphine prescription to her OB/GYN and did not reveal her pregnancy and breastfeeding to the doctor prescribing the drug, according to the solicitor’s office.

The solicitor’s office argued Greene’s drug use led to the death of Alexis, an allegation backed up by forensic evidence and doctors.

A doctor at the trial said the baby must have been given the drugs orally, since there was an absence of needle marks.

According to Barnett, Greene currently has 38 fraudulent prescription drugs charges pending against her.

WHNS contributed to this report

26 comments

    • FaithC

      Of course I did not post this my stalker that has no other relationship in his life did. I guess this is what makes him feel like a man. LOL Sorry and sad man a that.

      With that said. When I had kidney stones they gave me morphine in the hospital. My son was 6 weeks old and I was told not to nurse him for 5 days after that just to be safe. So I guess it can be transferred to the baby through nursing.
      This woman knew better she was a nurse at one time.

      • judgeoftheinternet

        i think your ‘stalker’ should find a less self-indulged brat-with-a-new-relationship – just out on a limb here

  • Atticus

    I have no sympathy for this woman, but if you are going to hold her responsible, what about the doctors and police who were surely aware of her drug use and condition? 38 drug charges PENDING, she had no previous record? In 9 months no one noticed what is clear from her mug shot? Those doctors and police are equally responsible for that baby’s death.

    • Amie

      It’s less costly to them (personally) just to pin it all on her. Responsibly handling drug abuse would require a complete rework of the justice system anyway.

  • Alyssa

    What in the heck is wrong with some people these days? Maybe this is being over sensitive but, I can’t even turn on the news channel anymore without almost coming to tears, because there’s always something about murder, child abuse, etc. It’s sickening that a mother could do something so atrocious like this to their own flesh and blood. I think she deserves life in prison. NOT 20 years. In my opinion, these kinda people shouldn’t be allowed to reproduce. You have people that struggle with conceiving children, or trying to adopt, people who’d make great parents.
    Yet here we have, pieces of scum like this woman, not knowing how big of a blessing it is to have a child. I hope she rots in prison and in hell.

  • Freya

    How were the alleged drugs administered to the baby? Morphine only shows up in breast milk in trace amounts, certainly not enough to kill a child! (Unless the morphine is added AFTER the milk has left the mother)

    • JT

      You’re right, Freya–I read somewhere that an appeal will be filed and this verdict will probably be overturned.

    • Lisa

      The article also says there were other drugs in her system. I’m sure multiple drugs could cause the death of an infant.

    • zazzle

      do yall not read the dang articles? it said right up there that the drugs were given orally! probably to make the kid quiet. what a shame.

    • Lynn

      well if it was added after she would have been the one to have added it to her extracted breast milk. she still guilty either way. and like the other comment says there were other drugs too so that would kill the baby on top of everything else it had in the milk

    • NyteShayde

      Trace amounts would only be found in someone who is taking their Rx medication as prescribed. This woman is an addict and has been for some time. Which means that she was probably ingesting or shooting three times the limit of someone who doesn’t have a dependency issue. That is going to translate into larger doses of narcotics. Also keep in mind that these medications are dosed for an adult. This was a 26 day old infant. It doesn’t take much morphine to equal a lethal dose in such a tiny body.

  • Cazzie

    What is happening is that the people that are least capable of adequate parenting are the ones having all the children. We need a licence to drive a car, but anyone can become a parent!

    • NyteShayde

      Not to disagree with your statement about the least capable parenting kids, because you’re right. They would benefit from a hyper-dose of common sense. However, driving a car is a privilege. Reproduction is a human right. Find a better comparison.

      • Cazzie

        Disagree that reproduction is a human right – ask any abused child if they think it was their parent’s ‘right’ to become a parent. Parenting IS a privilege and shouldn’t be for every imbecile.

    • Lynn

      no drugs are safe for breast feeding mothers and why would the dr have told that one person who commented to wait 5 days before nursing if it was safe??

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