Another case of education via Google University? A disturbing story that suggests the mother thought she knew medicine, talking medical and hospital jargon while describing her son’s medical woes, better than doctors. A young boy is dead.
Less than a week before his death, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears’s sodium hit a lethal level without any medical explanation.
Now, authorities believe there may be an explanation.
They believe it may have been his mother who was ill, possibly suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric illness in which a parent makes her child sick to get attention or sympathy.
Prosecutors told local media they believe 26-year-old Lacey Spears fed her son dangerous amounts of salt after she conducted research on the Internet about its effects. She has been charged in Westchester County, N.Y., with second-degree depraved murder and first-degree manslaughter, according to her indictment. On Tuesday, she turned herself in to police.
Investigators suspect the single mother may have poisoned her child at least twice, once before his seizures and again when his sodium spiked. Both incidents occurred in January. But they also suspect his medical abuse went back much further — fueled by the social media attention she gained on Facebook, Twitter and blogs, according to local news reports.
Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd said Spears took her son into the hospital room’s private bathroom and injected the sodium into the feeding tube in his stomach.
Spears said that if she gave her son the wrong medication or if she mixed in something that killed him, it was not her fault because those medications were prescribed. She said she did not murder him.
This kid had a rough life. Being constantly sick during the 5 short years he lived. He suffered from everything to fevers, ear infections, seizures and digestive problems. He was in and out of the emergency room by the time he was 2 years old with various infections and ailments.
So far an EEG scan has indicated the cause of death as brain death. He died on January 23.
The mother faces up to 20 years in prison if she is found guilty. The curious bits in this story is how she fed off the attention to her sick son leading to the belief that she has a mental disorder.