WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A mother is accused of murdering her 5-year-old son and officials believe she may have done it for attention on social media, according to WPIX‘s Kirstin Cole.
Lacey Spears, 26, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree depraved murder and first-degree manslaughter.
Investigators believe 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears may have died as a result of Münchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric illness where a caregiver makes a child appear sick by either fabricating symptoms or actually causing harm to the child in order to gain the attention of others.
Spears chronicled every moment of Garnett-Paul’s life on social media up until his death at Westchester Medical Center in January.
According to Cole, Spears routinely fed her son with a feeding tube, despite people saying they recalled seeing Garnett-Paul eat solid foods. Authorities believe Spears poisoned him with sodium as many as three times in the final days of his life. The boy’s sodium levels were elevated to dangerous levels prior to his death.
Authorities found search results for poisoning children with sodium on Spears’ computer.