It’s Munchausen by Proxy, actually. Terrible nonetheless.
Investigators suspect the single mother may have poisoned her child at least twice, once before his seizures and again when his sodium spiked. Both incidents occurred in January. But they also suspect his medical abuse went back much further — fueled by the social media attention she gained on Facebook, Twitter and blogs, according to local news reports.
When Garnett was 5 days old, he reportedly went to an Alabama hospital with a high fever and ear infection. He had fluid in his ears, according to Spears’s statement to police.
At 10 weeks, she said he stopped breathing at the same time his sodium level climbed. At the time, doctors could not explain why.
Garnett purportedly had trouble gaining weight and, at 9 months, doctors put in a feeding tube.
By age 2, he was in and out of emergency rooms in Florida — once with a staph infection and blood leaking from his ears and his nose.
In her statement, Spears spewed medical and hospital jargon while describing her son’s medical woes, according to the indictment.
In January, when Garnett’s sodium hit a suspiciously high level, doctors at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., alerted police. Witnesses told the Journal News they saw a doctor confront Spears, saying it was “metabolically impossible” for her son’s body to produce that much sodium and that “something isn’t right.”
Days before Garnett died, he was reportedly awake and talking when friends came to visit. One friend said the boy told her, “Don’t leave me.”
The indictment stated Spears stayed in Garnett’s hospital room.
Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd said Spears took her son into the hospital room’s private bathroom and injected the sodium into the feeding tube in his stomach.
“This mother was intentionally feeding her son salt in toxic levels,” he said.