Lacey Spears is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 5-year-old son

By Tara Fowler
Updated February 18, 2015 02:25 PM
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The trial of Lacey Spears, the mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son, Garnett, with salt, closed out its eighth day with some disturbing revelations.

Dr. Sarika Sunku, a pediatrician who treated Garnett Spears, testified on Tuesday that the mom “just had a smile on her face” when a doctor told her that the boy’s bloodwork showed elevated levels of sodium, the Journal News reports.

Spears, who is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, documented her son’s failing health at length on Facebook and Twitter. He died on Jan. 23, 2014.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old mom “researched, planned and executed the intentional poisoning of her son.”

“Lacey Spears is not like most people,” Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd said in her opening statement. “Although her son was incredibly special, he was not sick – he was not sick until his mother made him sick.”

Danielle Grossenbacher, a friend of Spears, testified Tuesday that the mother seemed “withdrawn” during her son’s final days.

“When I walked into the room Garnett was on the bed with hospital staff around him,” Grossenbacher said. “His body was flailing all over the bed and he was unresponsive.”

She added: “I did not see her cry.”

However, she did say that Spears cried once doctors told her that her son would not survive.

Ramapo, New York, police detective Gregory Dunn also testified Tuesday that he found an open container of sea salt and two feeding bags that tested positive for sodium, News 12 reports.

Defense attorney David Sachs questioned that evidence, saying that police only found the bags on a second search of the apartment.

“That bag,” Sachs asked, “possibly may have sat in an unlocked apartment for over 40 hours is that correct?” “Correct,” the detective answered.

Spears’s online history also allegedly shows that she had been researching the dangers of sodium. And before his death last year, Garnett had previously been treated for salt poisoning as an infant.

Spears has pleaded not guilty.