Mom denied bond after baby dies from drugs in breastmilk, police say

Alexis Catherine Green
Alexis Catherine Green

COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV/AP) - A judge has denied bond for a mother charged with passing a lethal dose of the painkiller morphine to her daughter through breast milk.

The mother, 37-year-old Stephanie Greene, was charged Friday with homicide by child abuse after police say she illegally received the drugs. Over the weekend, she was denied bond.

Investigators say Greene's 6-week-old daughter, Alexis, was found dead in her parents' bed in their Campobello home on November 13, 2010.

Autopsy results showed high levels of morphine -- which they say was illegally obtained -- in the child's blood. Authorities say the painkiller got into Greene's breast milk after she took pills and used patches containing morphine constantly since the baby's birth.

Greene has been prolific on the web, writing about her child's death several times.

A day after the baby's funeral, Greene, wrote:
"Lexi (Alexis) was born 'sunny side up', and she was so sunny, such a good baby, such an angel in life, realy [sic] the sunshine of our lives," according to a post on a funeral home memory page, where she is identified as Stephanie I. Havko Greene.

"We miss her beyond words, each day has been harder than the last. I thought the clusure [sic] we would get from the funeral today would help, but that has yet too [sic] happen."

Investigators say Greene, who is a 1991 graduate of Chapman High School in Inman, illegally obtained the drugs at least 38 times in less than two years.

Greene, who also claims to be 1995 USC-Upstate grad, also wrote on the funeral home website: "I've never been through anything this painful in my life. It means a lot to know how much everyone cares, though."

Authorities told the Associated Press that their investigation found Greene illegally obtained the drugs at least 38 times in less than two years at a Spartanburg pharmacy, according to state Department of Health and Environmental Control investigators.

According to WSPA-TV, investigators say she received some drugs from a CVS in Inman. Those include:

  • Fentanyl - Pain med that comes in Patch form. 
    Often given to people who suffer from constant pain.
  • Duragesic - Pain med along the
    same type as Fentanyl.
  • Morphene - In pill form
  • Hydrocodone - also known as
    Vicoprofen if mixed with ibuprofen.

On a Facebook page that appears to be Greene's, she says she is originally from Pittsburgh and talks about family and being a mother.

"Family comes first, and I love being a mommy and the unconditional love from them."

Also on Facebook, she reflected on Alexis' death 3 months later:
"The day before our anniversary and Valentine's day was the 3 month anniversary of Lexi's death. So, Valentine's Day and our(6th) anniversary were just not the same, hard to celebrate."

Friday afternoon Greene was awaiting a bond hearing. Her husband refused to speak with an Associated Press reporter or give her attorney's name when reached by phone.

In early January, Greene also posted on her Facebook page that she hoped for a better 2011.

"Instead of praying for why I've had to face these challenges, I need to pray for resillence and the ability to overcome them!" she wrote.

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