17-month-old toddler on life support after South Carolina mother feeds her salt

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina mother is in jail after she fed her 17-month-old daughter a teaspoon of salt.

23-year-old Kimberly Martines is charged with child abuse after the salt caused the toddler to have seizures, WNHS reports. She is now unresponsive and on life support.

Martines admitted to feeding the baby salt, but her motive is unclear at this point, reports say.

She reportedly went to a pediatrician in November because the toddler was not gaining weight, but ignored the doctor’s referral to another specialist to help.

She faces up to 20 years in prison if the charges are upheld.