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Beaufort Mom's Conviction Overturned

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The South Carolina Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a Beaufort woman in the death of her 15-month-old son.

Paris Avery was charged with Homicide by Child Abuse in 2006 for giving her toddler too much of a prescription antihistamine that was prescribed to treat his eczema.

Avery was indicted and found guilty approximately two years later and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Avery appealed her conviction but it was affirmed by the court of appeals.

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned that ruling and conviction by saying the State had failed to prove Avery acted with "extreme indifference to human life."

That is required for someone to be found guilty of Homicide by Child Abuse.

Avery, now 30 years old, could be released from the Graham Correctional Institution in Columbia, where she is being held, in a matter of weeks.

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