UPDATE: Mother Accused in Death of 5-year-old Boy in NY

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 26-year-old woman has been charged in New York with killing her 5-year-old son, possibly by poisoning him with sodium.

Lacey Spears

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A woman, who now lives in Kentucky, has been charged for allegedly poisoning her 5-year-old son with sodium in New York.

Lacey Spears, 26, who now lives in Scottsville with her parents, is accused of murder in the death of Garnett-Paul Spears.

The boy died back in January, after his mother brought him to the hospital for having seizures.

A few days later, his sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous level while Lacey was staying in the room with him.

Doctors found no medical reason for the increase, and alerted police that Lacey may have harmed her child.

Police say they have been suspicious of her for months, and the investigation spread across 5 states.

Spears pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday.

Police are investigating whether this is a case of "Munchausen by Proxy."

That's a disorder in which a parent deliberately harms their child to gain sympathy and attention for themselves.


-- A 26-year-old woman has been charged in New York with killing her 5-year-old son, possibly by poisoning him with sodium.

The Westchester County district attorney says Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky, is accused of murder in the death of Garnett-Paul Spears.

Lacey Spears, who at the time was living in Chestnut Ridge, had brought her son to Nyack Hospital on Jan. 17, reporting he was having seizures. On Jan. 19, with no medical explanation, Garnett-Paul's sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous level. His mother was sharing his room.

The boy was transferred to the Westchester Medical Center, where he died. The district attorney says doctors there suspected Spears was harming her son and an investigation was begun.

Spears pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Calls to her lawyer weren't immediately returned.

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