Monday 23 October 2017

Mother murdered son (5) with salt overdose in ‘desperate bid for attention’

Lacey Spears with son Garnett
Lacey Spears with son Garnett
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A MOTHER has been sentenced to life in prison after murdering her 5-year-old son with an overdose of salt.

Kentucky woman Lacey Spears (27) intentionally made her son sick in a bid for attention from doctors and strangers on her online blog.

Garnett Spears died in January 2014.

Some experts had suggested she had Munchausen by proxy, a rare condition where parents harm their children in order to get attention.

However the prosecution decided not introduce the theory to the case.

Lawyer Patricia Murphy told the court: “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists.

“She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most particularly the medical profession.”

A toxicologist found that food in Spears’ apartment was heavily tainted with salt – one ready meal contained the equivalent if 69 McDonald’s salt sachets.

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