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Court Upholds Hudson Valley Woman's Conviction In Death Of 5-Year-Old Son

Lacey Spears, right, who was convicted of poisoning her son Garnett with salt.
Lacey Spears, right, who was convicted of poisoning her son Garnett with salt. Photo Credit: CBS "48 Hours"

A state appellate court has upheld the conviction of Lacey Spears, the Hudson Valley mother who was convicted of depraved murder for poisoning and killing her 5-year-old son with salt.

The panel of judges delivered their decision in Brooklyn on Wednesday, unanimously announcing that there was sufficient evidence to establish her guilt in the death without a reasonable doubt.

A Decatur, Ala. native, Spears moved to Chestnut Ridge in Rockland County in 2010.

Spears checked her son, Garnett Spears into Nyack hospital on Jan. 17, 2014 for seizures. Two days later, he was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center due to dangerous levels of sodium. Garnett Spears died in Westchester Medical center on Jan 21, 2014.

Investigators said that Spears provided the medical staff with a medical history for her son, including extensive medical visits, hospitalizations, and invasive surgical procedures.  This history coupled with an unexplained rise in his sodium levels at Nyack Hospital prompted the doctors at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the WMC to suspect Lacey Spears of harming her son and prompted them to call the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

During a search of Lacey Spears' home, authorities discovered evidence relating to the child’s condition was recovered including feeding bags containing extraordinary amounts of sodium.

Spears went on to argue that the evidence collected was not legally sufficient to support her conviction, though she was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to a term of between 20 years and life in prison.

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