was a nurse. Prosecutors argued that the 39-year-old South Carolina mother knew the dangers of taking and breast feeding.
Instead, she chose to conceal her pregnancy from doctors so she could keep getting her painkiller prescriptions.
She even lost her nursing license in 2004 for trying to get drugs illegally. All this,
Still, Greene received the minimum prison sentence late last week after being convicted of killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.
The 20-year sentence was the minimum after a Spartanburg County jury found Greene guilty of homicide by child abuse Friday,
Greene would have to serve 16 years before she is eligible for parole. She said nothing in court and quietly shuffled out of the courtroom, her hands and feet shackled, after she was sentenced, the newspaper reported.
The mother s defense claimed she remains racked with chronic pain from a 1998 wreck where she fractured her skull and pelvis.
She needed those meds to get up in the morning and function, her lawyer Rauch Wise told the media. She was on total disability because of her pain, her fibromyalgia and all the other things wrong with her.
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.
The baby girl was Greene s fourth child.
So was this minimum sentence of 20 years justice for the little infant lost?