What she was in fact doing was giving him high doses of salt repeatedly.
‘By not imposing the maximum, I’m exhibiting something you didn’t show your son – namely mercy,’ said Judge Robert Neary.
‘Your crime is unfathomable in its cruelty. How could a mother ever treat her child in such a callous, inhumane manner?’
Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd called Garnett a normal and healthy boy made ill by his mother in ‘bizarre need for attention’
‘She used that feeding tube as a weapon to kill him. Garnett Spears should be in school today but he’s not – because his mother murdered him.’
Spears was described as having Munchausen by proxy, a syndrome where the caregiver fabricates a medical problem for someone in their care.
Garnett’s father was killed in a car accident.