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Mom gets probation in daughter's methadone death [FL]
    #4607705 - 09/01/05 12:45 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Mom Gets Probation In Daughter's Methadone Death
September 1, 2005 - local6.com

NAPLES, Fla. -- A woman accused of killing her 15-year-old daughter with a fatal dose of methadone has pleaded no contest to aggravated child neglect and given 10-years probation.

Mary Reeve, a 40-year-old home health care aide and the daughter of a former Naples mayor, had been accused of giving her daughter, Stephanie Reeve, the methadone as a reward for staying off drugs for a week.

Methadone is an opiate-derivative that's generally prescribed as a treatment for heroin addiction.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutor Steve Maresca dropped an attempted first-degree murder charge.

The charges followed a nearly 10-month police investigation that both Maresca and Reeve's attorney, Jerry Berry, agree was flawed.

Authorities said Stephanie Reeve died July 21, 2003, of a methadone overdose, but noted there were other drugs, including methadone derivatives, in her system. A plastic bag briefly placed over Stephanie's head earlier in the day played no role, and police said they don't know why the mother did that.

In a meeting with Judge Cynthia Ellis before the plea hearing, the attorneys said the girl died after stealing her mother's methadone, and Mary Reeve placed the bag on Stephanie's head only after she discovered the girl fatally overdosed.

The bag was there only a few seconds and the girl was already dead, Maresca told the judge.

Berry said Mary Reeve is manic depressive, believed she was dying and intended to kill herself. She was a drug addict but is sober now, he said.

"Mary, in this bizarre sort of state she was in, put the bag on her (daughter's) head and walked away and said, 'I'm going to die now,"' Berry told the judge.

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