This mommy blogger, Lacey Spears, 26, however took her pursuit of traffic one step too high.
She has been deliberately and fatally poisoning her young child in order to garner sympathy and attention online.
For various reasons, ranging from ear infections and high fevers to mysterious spikes in sodium levels, five-year-old Garnett Spears was in and out of hospitals ever since he was born. Although doctors were generally at a loss as to why � the boy also had trouble gaining weight and, as a result, had a feeding tube put in place � police now believe they know what was behind at least some of the problems: his mother.
After an investigation that began even before Garnett’s death on January 23, New York police have accused mother Lacey Spears of purposely poisoning her son with too much salt. The 26-year-old Spears has been charged with second-degree depraved murder and first-degree manslaughter, charges to which she pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
“This mother was intentionally feeding her son salt in toxic levels,”�said Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd in court, according to the Journal News.
Officials also believe Spears suffers from a psychiatric illness known as Munchausen by proxy, which involves a parent deliberately harming or making their child sick in order to get attention. In addition to gaining sympathy from those around her, Spears regularly blogged about Garnett’s worsening condition, posted updates regarding her son on Facebook and Twitter.
“Her behavior was just weird in the hospital,”�one friend told the Journal.�“It was not the behavior of a grieving mother. She was more concerned about what everyone else was saying, or what investigators were asking people, or what people were saying on Facebook, than putting all that aside and taking care of her child.”
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