Mother Says She's Innocent Of Baby Deaths 30 Years Ago

NILES, Ohio (AP) - A mother charged with killing three of her babies 30 years after they died said she loved all her children and is innocent.

"It's a total nightmare. That's all I can say," Gloria Greenfield said from her home Tuesday. She was released from jail after her family posted a $100,000 bond Friday.

Greenfield, 52, formerly Gloria Jean Woods, gave birth to four children from 1967 to 1971 and all died within weeks of their birth.

She was indicted last week on murder charges in three of their deaths, which were previously ruled to be caused by sudden infant death syndrome. She was not charged in the death of the first child who died from pneumonia.

"I am innocent. I did not kill my children. I loved my children. I did not do this," she said.

Authorities reopened the cases in June 2000 after Greenfield's daughter, Gloria Bennight, anonymously asked for the death records of her siblings from the county coroner who became suspicious and contacted prosecutors.

Greenfield also faces two assault charges that stem from alleged attacks on her Bennight, when she was 44 days old in April 1972 and when she was 80 days old.

Greenfield's attorneys say Bennight, 29, has a grudge against her mother, prompting the allegations.

The murder charges carry penalties of 15 years to life; the assault charges carry penalties of one to 15 years.

Greenfield was in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for a pretrial. A trial date has not been set.

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