[Lacey] Spears chronicled her sickly son's many illnesses - including his final one - on Facebook and a personal blog. In one Facebook post, she said [son] Garnett made 23 trips to the hospital in his first year." - Lee Higgins, "Lacey Spears guilty of second-degree murder," in the Journal News, March 2, 2015. Here is the article.
Today, after a trial which lasted 14 days, the jury in Westchester County, New York convicted Lacey Spears of second-degree murder. The victim was her five-year old son Garnett.
The jury decided that she had deliberately introduced into the child's feeding what eventually totaled a fatal amount of sodium. Jury members had the option of returning a verdict of 1st-degree manslaughter but didn't. Their decision means a minimum of 15 years to life in prison or a maximum of 25 years to life. She will be sentenced April 8. Her legal team has not announced an appeal, as yet.
Mommy bloggers such as Spears had captured global attention with their conversational, candid and even funny postings on rearing children. It was a fresh approach to the challenge of parenting.
In this era of "helicopter moms" in the U.S., the market is huge for communications focused on parenting. For example, in The New York Times, Susan H. Greensburg's February 25, 2015 post on her college daughter's frantic hunt for an unpaid summer internship has attracted 155 comments.
One has to wonder then if among Spears' motivations to poison her son could have been boosting even the large readership mommy bloggers like herself have. That has been and always will be the dark side of the medium of blogging: Craving for attention, at any cost.
Those in the slammer will likely not treat Spears kindly. Crimes against children are usually framed among inmates as not in the realm of forgiveness.