Mother Accused Of Poisoning Son For Attention (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Lacey Spears was indicted this week in White Plains, N.Y., for allegedly poisoning her 5-year-old son, Garnett-Paul Spears, with sodium.

Lacey pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of Garnett, notes WABC (video below).

Lacey took her son to a hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., on Jan. 17 and claimed that he was having seizures. On Jan. 19, the boy's sodium levels rose to a dangerous level and he was transferred to a second hospital. On Jan. 23, he was found responsive and declared brain dead after an EEG was performed.

Doctors at the second hospital suspected Lacey might have injured her son and called children's services.

Authorities claim Lacey, who shared her son's hospital room, injected a lethal amount of sodium through his stomach feeding tube.

Lacey reportedly told police that she sometimes used “a pinch of salt” when feeding Garnett and claimed the boy may have put something in his feeding tube.

However, days before Garnett died, he told a young friend who was visiting, “Don’t leave me.”

Investigators found Lacey's blog where she wrote about her son's medical problems, which they cited as evidence along with the boy's medical records that showed numerous illnesses during his short life in Florida, Alabama and New York, noted The Washington Post.

Authorities say that Lacey may have been suffering from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a psychological problem in which a parent actually makes their child ill to get sympathy from other people. Police say Lacey blogged about her son's illnesses and shared the blog posts on social media sites.

Prosecutors also claim the 26-year-old mom fed her son high amounts of salt after researching the web.

Sources:, The Washington Post, WABC