Court Voids Murder Charge In Meth-Laced Breast Milk Case

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A California appeals court has reversed a murder conviction against a woman whose 3-month-old son died after ingesting methamphetamine-laced breast milk, reports the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The court voided a second-degree murder conviction against Amy Leanne Prien because felony child endangerment is not an inherently dangerous felony. The court said that putting a child at risk is not necessarily an act that results in death.

The court upheld Prien’s conviction on a felony child endangerment charge. She was sentenced to a 10-year prison term. Prosecutors overreached to “try to make a murder case where one does not exist,” said Prien’s appellate attorney, Tracy Dressner.

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