WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the murder trial of a young mother accused of fatally poisoning her 5-year-old son with salt and documenting his decline on social media.
Prosecutors say Spears fed her son large amounts of salt through a gastrointestinal feeding tube, causing brain swelling, seizures and death. They believe she administered the salt in his room at Nyack Hospital after he was admitted for seizures.
As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, the boy had a special feeding tube in his abdomen that was left over from an illness he had in infancy. The state said it was medically unnecessary, but provided Spears with the ability to sicken her son at their Rockland County home and then fatally poison him during subsequent hospital stays.