No verdict yet for mom charged in son's salt-poisoning death
Feb. 27, 2015
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Jurors considering murder and manslaughter charges against a blogger accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son with salt have completed their first full day of deliberations without a verdict.
They will reconvene Monday.
Prosecutors say 27-year-old Lacey Spears force-fed sodium to her son, Garnett-Paul, though a feeding tube in his stomach. Jurors took a second look Friday at a video showing the Scottsville, Kentucky, woman taking Garnett into a hospital bathroom with a connector tube. The boy appeared to suffer afterward.
The jury also asked for the definition of "depraved indifference," a key element of the murder charge.
Prosecutors say Spears craved sympathy from others. She blogged for years about Garnett's constant health woes.
The defense portrayed Spears as a doting mother and said no one saw her do anything wrong.