A 27-year-old woman in the United States has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for deliberately making her five-year-old son sick, which eventually killed him. She did all this to generate attention online through the blog she was writing about his sickness.
Lacey Spears who belongs to New York dispensed salt into her son Garnett’s feeding tube from infancy while writing a blog about his illness. The reason of death is force-feeding of heavy concentrations of sodium through the stomach tube.
The Jury bench in the New York suburbs found Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, guilty of second-degree murder in the January 2014 death of 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears after nearly three days of deliberations attempt to kill him.
The defense portrayed Lacy Spears as a caring mother and her son as sickening, but the prosecution argued that Spears rejoiced in the attention Garnett’s illness brought her through her blogs. One of the Videos she uploaded showed Spears taking the boy into a hospital bathroom with a connector tube and the boy suffering afterward. She was actually enjoying all the attention online with people sympathizing and supporting her.
‘The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,’ Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday. ‘She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most particularly the medical profession.’
She suggested that Spears, 27, eventually killed the boy because she feared he would start telling people she was making him ill. Her actions were ‘nothing short of torture,’ she said.
Lacy was an Alabama native and was living with her son in Chestnut Ridge area, New York when he died. She later moved to Kentucky and was living there where she was arrested for homicide.
The judge described her as mentally ill and identified her condition as Munchausen by proxy syndrome, in which a person, usually a parent, sickens a child to gain attention from the child’s plight. She has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.