A woman whose drug-tainted breast milk killed her month-old daughter was sentenced to six years in prison.Comment on this story
Alicia Gillespie, 23, entered guilty pleas to three counts of child endangerment in Superior Court and was sentenced Monday."It's a unique case," said Alison Marshall, an attorney for the National Association for Perinatal Addiction Research and Education in Washington, D.C. She said the precedent will encourage prosecution of other nursing mothers who use drugs.
Baby Hannah was found dead Aug. 7. The coroner's office said she died from methamphetamine, a type of stimulant. Prosecutor Mark Davison said Gillespie regularly used illegally obtained methamphetamine.
Her two boys, aged 5 and 2, have been placed in foster homes.
Gillespie had faced a possible second-degree murder conviction that carries a sentence of 15 years to life.