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Mom accused of killing son with salt

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -  A 26-year-old mother is facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of her 5-year-old son.

Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police say Spears poisoned her son, Garnett, with toxic levels of salt.  

Spears documented her son's illness in a blog.

The 5-year-old died in January.

Authorities suspect the mother poisoned her son with sodium at least twice.

Prosecutors say on one occasion Spears secretly pumped sodium into her son's stomach through a tube inside a private hospital bathroom.

Investigators say computer records show Spears researched what effect salt might have on her son on the internet. 

Authorities believe Spears may have suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric illness in which a parent sickens a child to gain attention and sympathy.

Spears could spend the rest of her life in prison if convicted.

 
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