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Baby dies in Georgetown with cocaine in system. Mother now in jail

A mother is in jail after her baby died and tested positive for illegal drugs, according to a police report.

Stephanie Marie Healey, 28, of Georgetown, was booked into Georgetown County jail Thursday afternoon. Georgetown City police charged her with homicide by child abuse. She is being held without bond.

Homicide by child abuse is punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

On Dec. 29, the Horry County Coroner called police about a newborn baby that died at Georgetown Memorial Hospital around 5 a.m. The baby girl died about three hours after being born, according to the report.

The newborn tested positive for cocaine and opiates, according to the report.

Healey gave birth at 34 weeks, the report states.

Georgetown City Police pushed out a “Wanted” posted of Healey on Sept. 30, nine months after the baby died. Police say a lengthy investigation included having to wait for official toxicology reports and meeting with the Solicitor’s Office led to the delay between the baby’s death and the mother facing charges.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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