South Carolina Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Killing Baby by Breastfeeding While on Drugs

This undated photo provided by the Spartanburg County Prosecutor's office shows Stephanie Greene. (Spartanburg County Prosecutor's office/AP Photo)
This undated photo provided by the Spartanburg County Prosecutor’s office shows Stephanie Greene. (Spartanburg County Prosecutor’s office/AP Photo)

A South Carolina mother was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for killing her 6-week-old baby by breastfeeding her while taking narcotics.

Stephanie Greene, 39, was convicted Thursday of homicide by child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and unlawful conduct toward a child. Her baby died on Nov. 13, 2010, of respiratory failure, and tests later revealed toxic levels of drugs including morphine and Klonopin in her blood, Barry Barnette, South Carolina’s 7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor, told ABCNews.com.

“There’s no other way it could get there but breast milk,” Barnette said.

The baby, whose name was Alexis, was 46 days old, he said.

Though the baby had gained weight in her first two weeks of life, records show that she lost nearly half a pound in the month before she died, he said.

“That’s consistent with a morphine overdose over an extended period of time,” Barnette said. “I think that was the clincher for the jury.”

Greene’s defense attorney did not respond to calls by ABC News seeking comment.

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