(NEW YORK) — A New York jury convicted a mother of second-degree murder Monday in the salt-poisoning death of a 5-year-old boy that prosecutors likened to “torture.”
Jurors in Westchester County deliberated for over three days before finding Lacey Spears guilty. She will be sentenced on April 8.
Garnett Spears was taken to the hospital in January 2014 for an unexplained, and extremely dangerous level of sodium in his system. He died several days later.
Five months after the boy’s death, Lacey Spears surrendered to police. She pleaded not guilty at the time.
The defense blamed the hospital for the boy’s death, but prosecutors said there was no explanation other than the mother’s deliberate introduction of salt into his feeding tube.
During a 14-day trial, prosecutors said Spears did it for attention. She had posted frequently to Facebook about her son’s health problems.
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