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Mother Accused in Morphine Death of Toddler

Posted: Feb 4, 2013 2:20 PM by Associated Press

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CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis County woman is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the morphine overdose death of her 19-month-old son.

A source reported that 22-year-old Prenise Payne is jailed on $150,000 cash-only bond for the Dec. 2 death of Jace Lee Echoles. The child was found unresponsive in Payne's bed and died at a hospital.

An autopsy showed the boy had been given a fatal dose of morphine.

Pace was arrested Friday and charged Saturday. Her father said his daughter would never harm her child.

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