Bond set for woman accused of killing baby - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bond set for woman accused of killing baby

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother charged with murdering her 11-month-old daughter could get out of jail.  For the first time since she was arrested, a judge Friday set bond for Angela Murphree.

Murphree, 33,  waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday so in exchange her attorney could receive a copy of her alleged confession to police.

Murphree is charged with first and second degree murder of her 11-month old baby, Madison.

It somehow happened while Madison was at Le Bonheur Children's hospital. Madison was admitted to the children's hospital in October, when a drug test detected tranquilizer drugs.

Madison received treatment and additional drug tests came back negative.  But thirteen days after being admitted to Le Bonheur, she died.

According to the Shelby County Medical Examiner, the baby was killed by Methadone, a substitute narcotic used to treat heroin addiction.

An affidavit says Murphree admitted to "crushing her methadone pills and putting it into Madison Murphree's food."

A Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's spokesperson says the hospital cannot ban a parent from seeing a child unless given permission by the Department of Human Services.

Meanwhile, a DHS spokesperson said it takes a court order to limit a parent's access to their child.

The Shelby County District Attorney General will present the matter to a grand jury within two to four months, at which time a grand jury will decide whether or not to indict her.

Meanwhile, bond was set at $1 million dollars. While that amount may seem high, a judge is not required to provide bond at all in a first degree murder case.

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