No bond for SC mom charged in breast-feeding death

Stephanie Greene / Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina, AP) - A judge has denied bond for a Spartanburg County mother charged with passing a lethal dose of the painkiller morphine to her daughter through breast milk.Spartanburg County deputies charged Stephanie Greene, 37, Friday with homicide by child abuse and multiple counts of violation of drug distribution laws.

Investigators said they were called to 190 Kimbrell Loop on Nov. 13, 2010, regarding the death of a 1-month-old child.

Toxicology tests revealed there were lethal levels of morphine in Greene's breast milk because of a prescription medication she was taking, deputies said. They said the drug was passed to the child in the milk, which caused the child's death.

"This child was totally dependent on its mother, totally dependent on the adults in its life to take care of it and do all the right things. And when that didn't happen, this child paid the ultimate price," said Spartanburg County Master Deputy Tony Ivey.

Related Stories SC police: Baby died from morphine in breast milk Greene faced a judge Friday night. She turned her head away from cameras during the court appearance.

During the hearing, the magistrate explained he could not set bond because of the nature of the charges, and that she'd have to wait to see a circuit court judge.

State health officials say Greene illegally obtained the drugs at least 38 times in less than two years at a Spartanburg pharmacy.

Greene remains behind bars at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility.

(Fox Carolina,, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)