A New York woman accused of a heinous crime — poisoning her own child — all for attention on her blog and social media. But the young mother is now saying she’s innocent.
Twenty-six-year-old Lacey Spears pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges in New York State Tuesday for allegedly poisoning her five-year-old son, Garnett, to death with sodium. (Via WLEX)
“She brought her son to the hospital back in January because he was having seizures. Two days later doctors saw his sodium levels rise to an extremely dangerous level with no medical explanation.” (Via WSTM)
New York’s The Journal News reports a doctor confronted Spears in the hospital telling her her son’s sodium levels were “metabolically impossible” and that “something wasn’t right.”
Sadly, young Garnett Paul Spears would die on January 23rd.
Spears regularly took to her blog and social media to report on her son’s illnesses, and seemed to be a doting mother. (Via Garnett's Journey)
“His mom regularly reported his medical woes on Facebook and Twitter. ‘My sweet angel is in the hospital for the 23rd time. Please pray he gets to come home soon.’” (Via Inside Edition)
But investigators tell a different story, claiming Spears had been poisoning the boy with toxic levels of sodium through a feeding tube the whole time. (Via CNN)
And they say they have a smoking gun.
“Two pieces of damning evidence — Spears’ own computer seized by police found to have searches for poisoning children with sodium and a feeding bag said to be laced with lethal levels of salt.” (Via WPIX)
Authorities now say Spears could be have a syndrome known known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
According to WebMD the syndrome is characterized as “a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care.” It adds attention received for having a sick child often encourages the behavior.
A psychologist not involved with the case tells WABC Spears seems to fit the profile.
“By involving social media you can get all of that press, or attention, and feel a sense of importance. These are people who probably as children were themselves neglected or abused.” (Via WABC)
Spears is due back in court on July 2nd. She is currently being held without bail and could face life in prison if convicted.