Salt Mom Lacey Spears Gets 20+ Years

Apr 8, 2015

Convicted Salt Mom Lacey Spears, who was found guilty last month in the second-degree murder of her 5-year-old son, Garnett, has been sentenced for 20 years to life. 

Spears, a mommy blogger from Kentucky, was a compulsive online chatter, whose favorite subject was that of her child’s health and welfare.

In that vein, and from the time he was an infant, she frequently blogged about Garnett’s supposed health problems or whatever progress he was making with an alleged illness, and was also active on sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Prosecutors argued that defendant Spears intentionally sickened her son solely for these attention-seeking reasons, and that she methodically poisoned the boy by administering deadly doses of salt in his feeding bags, eventually leading to his demise.

“Throughout his short life, Garnett Spears was forced to suffer through repeated hospitalizations, unneeded surgical procedures and ultimately poisoning with salt -- all at the hands of the one person who should have been his ultimate protector: his mother,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore, when the sentence was handed down.

“Using the child’s ‘illnesses’ to self aggrandize herself, Lacey Spears’ actions directly led to her son’s tortured death,” DiFiore added, promising the State will “continue to ensure that his mother is held accountable and that justice for Garnett Spears will be served in his memory.”

Poisoning is the typical weapon of choice for those rare women who do intentionally kill, and usually the victim or victims are members of their very own household.

However, some mental health experts have speculated that exhibitionist Lacey Spears very likely suffers from Munchhausen Syndrome, a severe psychiatric disorder which unto itself often results in deadly consequences.

The condition manifests in an obsessive pattern of self harming and even the abuse of another -- usually a defenseless child -- in order to gain public sympathy and/or praise.

Traditionally known as Munchhausen Syndrome by proxy when it involves the sickening of another individual, the worst case of this particular deviation in recent memory was that of English serial killer Beverly Allitt.

In 1991, Allitt, a young pediatric-ward hospital nurse, was found to have killed or nearly killed over a dozen small children in her care. Dubbed thereafter the Angel of Death, she received 13 life sentences for the horrendous crime spree, but was committed to a secure mental facility instead of prison.

Her striking similarity with Salt Mom Lacey Spears gives rise to a suspicion that, pursuant to U.S. legal standards, the convicted mommy blogger was probably not mentally fit to stand trial at all.  And therefore has perfect grounds now for an appeal.


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