Today in P.A.F.U. (People Are Fucked Up) news: a mommy blogger named Lacey Spears, 26, is accused of deliberately making her 5-year-old son, Garnett-Paul Spears, sick so she could blog about it, leading to the child’s death in January. Spears, from Chestnut Ridge, NY, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter after she administered Garnett a fatal dose of sodium while he was in the hospital. Spears had brought her son into the hospital saying he was suffering from seizures, and while doctors investigated his illness, his sodium levels skyrocketed. They transferred the worsening child to a Children’s Hospital where he died. Police believe Spears was using Garnett’s stomach tube to administer the sodium. The murder charge indicates police don’t believe Spears intended to kill her son, but that she acted with a disturbing indifference towards his life and well-being.
Further investigation revealed that Spears had been making her son sick for years, regularly writing about his various health problems and milking it for attention on her blog. (She also alleged on her blog that Garnett’s father was a police officer killed in the line of duty; turns out, Garnett’s real father, who Spears had a brief affair with six years ago, is alive and well.) According to CrimeFeed, “Prosecutors are alleging that Spears has a condition known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which most often manifests as parents causing harm or illness to their children to garner sympathy. If proven, this would be one of the first known homicide cases from Munchausens in the age of social media.”
What a horrifying and tragic story. Our thoughts go out to those who loved and truly cared for Garnett-Paul Spears. [CrimeFeed]