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Woman Accused Of Fatally Poisoning Her Son So She Could Post About It On Her Mommy Blog

Prosecutors say that Lacey Spears was feeding toxic levels of sodium to her 5-year-old to keep him sick so she could write about it on social media.

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On Tuesday, Spears turned herself in to Westchester County police. Investigators believe that Spears poisoned Garnett with sodium at least twice. The second time was fatal.

According to investigators, she had been medically abusing her son for years. And the internet and the attention her Facebook and Myspace posts brought her only made it worse.

Garnett's medical problems started as early as 9 months, when he was put on a feeding tube. Prosecutors allege Spears suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a psychiatric disorder in which a caretaker purposely sickens or injures someone in his or her care to get attention.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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