A mommy blogger who fatally poisoned her 5-year-old son with high levels of salt was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years to life in prison for the murder.
Lacey Spears, 27, was found guilty March 2 by a New York jury of intentionally force-feeding little Garnett Spears salt and writing about her sickly son’s ailments in a fatal bid for attention.
A White Plains judge handed down the minimum 20 year sentence Wednesday, though the Scottsville, Ky., woman faced as much as 25 year minimum sentence for the killing.
Spears lived in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., when the tyke died in January 2014. She moved to Kentucky after killing Garnett.
It was “nothing short of torture,” for Spears, 27, to force-feed the boy with high concentrations of sodium, Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy told the White Plains jury before the conviction.
“The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,” she added in closing arguments during the trial. “She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most particularly the medical profession.”
Evidence of her social media activity, including on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, was introduced during the two-week trial.
In one Facebook post, she wrote Garnett was at the hospital 23 times in his first year.
Her personal blog and online research into the dangers of sodium in children were also highlighted by the prosecution.
While some experts pointed to a cause of Munchausen by proxy, a rare disorder where parents harm children to get attention, prosecutors stopped short of introducing that theory to the jury.
They did call a toxicologist who testified that feeding bags found in Spears’ apartment were heavily tainted with salt — one contained the equivalent of 69 McDonald’s salt packets.