A Laurens County mother’s conviction in the death of her baby daughter has been overturned.
The State Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a trial judge should have decided that prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to continue pursuing the conviction of Ashley Nicole Hepburn at her trial. The ruling comes nearly three years after Hepburn was convicted of homicide by child abuse and sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Authorities initially charged Hepburn with murder after her 16-month-old daughter, Audrina, died at a hospital of brain injuries. The high court said that there was no evidence that Hepburn knew about or caused the girl’s injuries.
Department of Corrections records show that Hepburn is currently being held at a women’s prison in Columbia.
Hepburn’s boyfriend was found guilty of aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse, but an appellate court overturned that conviction earlier this year.