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OKLAHOMA CITY - Theresa Lee Hernandez, who was convicted of second-degree murder for delivering a stillborn baby after using methamphetamine during her pregnancy, has been released from prison.
"I told her I loved her and that I was going to get her some clothes and she was coming home," Hernandez's mother Brenda Holguin said. "I thank God everyday because I thought everything was messed up, but it's going to be alright."
Hernandez was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year after entering a guilty plea.
A judge agreed to suspend the remainder of her sentence on Wednesday and Hernandez walked out of the courtroom as a free woman.
She still must complete a 3-month inpatient drug treatment program and will be on probation for 10 years. Prosecutors had been criticized by medical experts and public health advocacy groups who contend there's no evidence that meth causes stillbirth.