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Mother charged with causing her son’s death

WHITE PLAINS – A Scottsville, Kentucky woman was indicted by a Westchester County grand jury on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of her young son.

On January 23, Garnett-Paul Spears, 5, was pronounced dead at Westchester Medical Center.

The child had been transferred there from Nyack Hospital on January 19 when without any medical explanation his sodium level rose from 144 to 182 milliequivalents per liter, and extremely dangerous level of sodium. The normal range of serum sodium in the blood is 135-145 meq/L.

The child was diagnosed with acute hypernatermia, caused by dehydration.

The boy’s mother, Lacey Spears, 26, was suspected of harming her son, leading to an investigation by the State Office of Children and Family Services.

If convicted, Spears could face up to 25 years to life in state prison.