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My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood

My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood

Escrito por John Glatt

Narrado por Shaun Grindell


My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood

Escrito por John Glatt

Narrado por Shaun Grindell

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4.5/5 (24 avaliações)
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11 horas
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Lançado em:
Oct 18, 2016
ISBN:
9781515980827
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Audiolivro

Descrição

Lacey Spears made international headlines in January 2015 when she was charged with the "depraved mind" murder of her five-year-old son Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that the 27-year old mother had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube.



To the outside world Lacey had seemed like the perfect mother, regularly posting dramatic updates on her son's harrowing medical problems. But in reality, Lacey was a text book case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. From the time he was an infant, she deliberately made Garnett sick to elicit sympathy from medical professionals, as well as her hundreds of followers on Facebook and other social media. When a Westchester County jury found her guilty of killing Garnett in April 2015, she was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison.



Using Lacey's own never-before-seen Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts, an exclusive prison interview with Lacey herself, as well as interviews with her family and the three police investigators who broke the case, My Sweet Angel gives the definitive account of this extraordinary case that shocked the world.
Editora:
Lançado em:
Oct 18, 2016
ISBN:
9781515980827
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Audiolivro


Sobre o autor

English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Bill Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, Current Affair, BBC World, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.

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  • (4/5)
    Well researched book about a mother with Munchausen by proxy and the eventual death of her 5 year old son. The author interviewed the mother who is in prison, friends and relatives. Also shows a lot of her social medias posts. This is a very sad story but an interesting book to read.
  • (4/5)
    This was a very well researched and well written book. The only thing I felt wasn't covered enough was the fact the mother had an actual internet blog that she kept updated frequently. So while she lived on facebook she was also writhing blog posts about Garnett...the entire blog was devoted to him and his ongoing medical conditions. Many people do this so that in itself isn't unusual but I wonder how much evidence was missed. There are a few things that really bothered me about the investigation. How do the police conducting a search NOT remove that obviously recently used feed bag, feed pump and supplies when they know this is a medical case involving deliberate poisoning?? How can they effectively do investigations if they don't understand how basic medical equipment works? Had the teacher not mentioned the video monitoring for his EEG this girl would have walked free. Why did the hospital not IMMEDIATELY surrender my those videos? They didn't even TELL the police about them! I have no doubt this troubled woman killed her son but it is very concerning that the hospital wasn't forthcoming. Had the Dr not told the cops "you are looking for Salt" who knows what they would have seized?! The other thing that is concerning is that they made a big deal about Garnet's g button being open right after the seizures began again in the hospital, the nurse noticed it and told mom. Mom was unconcerned because that is nothing to be concerned about. I am very familiar with g buttons and the process of dealing with them and I can tell you it being open is not a big deal at all unless it is a leaky button...which it obviously was not. Kids his age often catch it on their clothes, playing etc and it could open. It is a one way valve so contents don't leak unless the valve had been damaged through general use or being forced to turn the wrong way when fitting the extension on for feeds with a pump or syringe. My issue is simple. When you work with g buttons you know to introduce anything via that gb you must have the extension set which has a end that fits the cone shaped tip tubing that runs from a feed bag OR a large tipped syringe. There is also a small flip open port to give meds with a small syringe. Bottom line is without a feeding bag or a syringe, large or small, there is NO way to use that g button.
    I think it is evident she did it but I am astounded they were not checking his residual (amount of free flowing fluid from his stomach) routinely and did not empty his stomach using that g button once it was apparent something had to have been introduced to him via his gb. It is an pretty easy process and I have emptied a stomach of a child with nausea using a special feeding bag system that allows the fluid to flow into a closed circuit system and then slowly be reintroduced either by gravity or on a pump. Or they could literally use a 60 ml syringe to manually remove it via the extension set. Only certain syringes fit directly in the g button. And they are quite small. I believe 10ml is the maximum so we know she had to use the extension set.
    There is still the question of what she mixed and how it was not video recorded. I do wonder if that water bottle wasn't used to transport the salt/water mix to the hospital in those bags she told Uma she needed to pack.
    Another concern is the Dr shared with an incoming Dr that he was concerned the mother was causing his illnesses yet did nothing else. They allowed her constant contact with her child, did not put them in a video monitored room, did not inform the nursing staff of their suspicions...they did nothing. They also did not report their concerns to the authorities until after his death. They are mandated reporters. They failed him. Had they removed him from his mothers care he may still be alive.
    That being said medical errors do occur frequently. So if find their timing in reporting their concerns suspicious. They waited til he was dead. So they let her do whatever she wanted then reported her. Something wrong with that scenario.
    There is mention of them introducing a saline iv which made me pause. Later they said dextrose. One is sugar and one is salt. Saline is not harmful but to a child that already has a high salt count it seems like a odd choice..but I am not a Dr and don't have experience with saline iv's so don't want to speculate too much.
    There is a lot of questions here. I feel like this mother is definitely guilty of medical abuse and probably does suffer from muchausen by proxy just based on her child's medical history and her history of attention seeking behavior but did she kill him...I think she caused his death yes. But I don't know that it was intentional. Why would she kill him...she got more sympathy from him being sick than she would him being dead. I am not so naive to think that hospitals don't make errors. It happens all the time. There is just a lot to really look at here many questions that should have been answers were not.