NEW YORK, United States—A mother who allegedly k****d her own five-year-old son by feeding him huge amounts of salt while portraying herself online as a devoted mother is now facing charges of depraved murder and manslaughter.
Lacey Spears, 27, and a native of Alabama, was formally indicted with the charges Tuesday in a New York court a year after the d***h of her son Garnett-Paul Spears.
The charges, while suggesting extreme recklessness and a “depraved indifference to human life” rather than intentional killing, carries the same penalty—25 year to life imprisonment.
According to the hospital records furnished by the prosecutors, the boy’s sodium levels rose to toxic levels with no apparent explanation. The increased sodium led to brain swelling, seizures and ultimately, d***h. They believe Spears, who slept in the same room as her son, intentionally kept feeding him salt through a stomach tube and while she continuously blogged about his declining health.
Other previous hospitalizations also had her constantly posting about her son’s condition—a total of more than ten thousand entries since he was first admitted before his first birthday.
“My Sweet Angel Is InThe Hospital For The 23rd Time, Please Pray He Gets To Come Home Soon, wrote one of her tweets in 2009.
Other evidence to suggest the charges include feeding bags found to have high levels of sodium and research material on Spears’ iPhone about sodium and its effects on children.
Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy?
However, prosecutors and Spears’ defense lawyers said they do not plan to bring up whether Spears is suffering from Munchausen Syndrome by proxy although medical experts said her case all bore the hallmarks.
Munchausen Syndrome by proxy is a mental illness wherein guardians will secretly harm their children to gather sympathy and attention. Legal analysts have also been divided whether the condition is a defense, or a motive for criminal acts.