Monday 1 May 2017

Mum poisoned boy (5) just to get attention

Prosecutors said Lacey Spears loaded the hospitalised boy's feeding tube with a lethal amount of salt and kept on blogging
Prosecutors said Lacey Spears loaded the hospitalised boy's feeding tube with a lethal amount of salt and kept on blogging

Barbara Goldberg

A suburban New York woman convicted of poisoning her five-year-old son with salt so that she could bask in social media attention could be sentenced to life in prison.

Lacey Spears (27), who chronicled her son Garnett's illnesses on a personal blog called 'Garnett's Journey' and other social media, was convicted by a jury in White Plains, New York, last month of second-degree murder in his 2014 death at Westchester Medical Center.

Prosecutors said Spears loaded the hospitalised boy's feeding tube with a lethal amount of salt and kept on blogging.

Spears' lawyer Stephen Riebling said she was innocent, blamed the hospital for negligence, and said he plans to appeal the verdict.

While awaiting sentencing, when she faces a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison, she was being held at Westchester County jail in Valhalla, said a spokesman for Westchester District Attorney.

Prosecutors blamed Spears, who lived in Chestnut Ridge, about 50km north of New York City, for her son's short and tormented life.

Irish Independent

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