Woman Imprisoned for 20 Years for Killing Her Baby With Morphine in Her Breast Milk

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 7, 2014   |   2:46PM   |   Columbia, SC

A woman in South Carolina is headed to prison for 20 years after she was convicted of killing her own daughter by putting morphine in her breast milk. The case highlights the lack of respect for life that the culture of abortion has produced.

stephaniegreeneStephanie Greene was convicted of of homicide by child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and unlawful conduct toward a child and now she will head to the state prison for two decades.

Greene, 39, was convicted in Spartanburg on Friday of killing six-week-old Alexis, who died of respiratory failure on 13 November 2010. As one newspaper reports, “a toxicology report from the baby’s autopsy found a level of morphine in the child’s body that a pathologist testified could have been lethal for an adult.”

From the paper:

Prosecutor Barry Barnette said Greene knew the dangers of taking painkillers while pregnant and breastfeeding and had obtained the prescription drugs by concealing her pregnancy from doctors. She lost her nursing license in 2004 for trying to get drugs illegally.

Greene’s lawyer said she was only trying to stop debilitating pain from a car crash more than a decade before and relied on her own judgment and medical research on the internet instead of the advice of doctors and is still overwhelmed with grief from the loss of her child.



Both the prosecutor and Greene’s lawyer agreed that no mother has ever been prosecuted in the United States for killing her child through a substance transmitted in breast milk.

And Greene’s lawyer Rauch Wise said that prosecutors couldn’t prove how the baby got the morphine and there is little scientific evidence that enough morphine can gather in breast milk to kill an infant.

Greene’s husband did not talk to reporters, but Wise said he supported his wife and was devastated as he prepared to raise their 7-year-old son alone.