A young mother was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday after her son mysteriously passed away in the hospital. The cause of death was due to impossible levels of salt in his system that he was unable to metabolize.
The courts ruled that Lacey Spears forcefully fed her son, Garrett, the salt in order for his health to deteriorate. Spears could then garner sympathy from family, friends, and strangely enough, the hospital staff.
Lacey Spears lived with her five-year old son, Bennet, in Westchester County, NY. When the boy became ill, Spears took him to Nyack Hospital, where despite the doctor”s best efforts, his condition didn”t improve.
When he eventually died, investigators were puzzled by many different factors, including the fact that Bennet required a feeding tube for several years. Feeding tubes are only used as temporary treatment, even for extreme illnesses.
Video evidence shows Spears taking the boy into the bathroom several times a day. The boy”s symptoms worsened every time he came out of the bathroom. Feeding bags heavily tainted with salt were found in Spears” apartment.
One bag had the equivalent of 69 salt packets from McDonalds.
It was this evidence and Spears” Internet searches on the effect of salt on children”s health that led the judge to convict Spears with the second-degree murder of her son. She had left New York and was living in Kentucky when she was arrested.
Spears blogged about her child”s illness for years. The hospital staff took special care on her son”s baffling case, which also contributed to her addiction to sympathy. The longer she kept her son sick, the more sympathy she received.
Spears killed her son to save her reputation, afraid that he would reveal she had been poisoning him. During the closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said of the Spears case, “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists.”