On Monday, March 2, jurors gave the verdict: Lacey Spears was declared guilty for the death of her 5-year-old son, Garnett. The 27 year old was quite insensitive to the verdict.
Defense lawyer Stephen Riebling stated the contrary, that the mother was shocked after hearing the jurors’ decision. He continued by saying that the cause of Garnett’s death remains unknown.
The defense placed Lacey Spears in the role of the victim accused for something that bears “sketchy evidence”. Riebling considers that the fault should be placed on Nyack Hospital whose doctors administered the boy a treatment that caused his death on Jan. 23, 2014, at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, stated that there was no medication that could increase the level of sodium to such an extent, the only plausible explanation being his mother deliberately giving him high quantities of salt through his feeding tube. Their opinion regarding the motive behind the crime was attention and described the son’s experience as “nothing short of torture.”
The trial extended over a period of 14 days. On Thursday, February 26, jurors were handed the case and debates began. The discussions continued all of Friday and were then resumed Monday morning.
Prosecutor Patricia Murphy said during Thursday’s closing argument that:
“Garnett was not a sickly little boy. Not now. Not at age 4. Not at age 5 — he’s not a sickly little boy.”
Spears’ lawyer said in return that there were no witnesses to confirm the supposed crime while also mentioning the lack of evidence retrieved from the hospital.
The mother also described her son as having gone through many illnesses. This statement was also found in some of her Facebook posts and personal blog entries. In one post found on her Facebook profile, she said that her son visited the hospital 23 times during his first year after birth.
Although investigations were mainly focused on demonstrating the presence of a rare psychological condition called Munchausen, described as parents harming their children to win attention and sympathy, prosecution chose not to use that information at trial, as they considered there was enough strong evidence that pointed towards the mother’s guilt.
She was charged with second-degree murder which implies an imprisonment period ranging from 15 to 25 years. Her sentencing was set for April 8.
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