In April of 2015 Lacey Spears was given a 20-years to life sentence for the murder of her 5-year-old son. Spears was convicted of poisoning her son, Garnett Paul Spears, by injecting his hospital feeding tube with a lethal dose of salt. Spears showed signs of Munchausen by proxy syndrome, and her son spent his entire life in and out of hospitals at the wishes of his mother. Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a form of child abuse where a parent or caretaker will exaggerate or cause an illness in the child for attention. Victims of this syndrome are frequently poisoned by their parents.
Following her sentencing, Spears was sent to Bedford Hill prison in Westchester County, New York where she was immediately targeted by fellow inmates. Author John Glatt met with Spears while writing the book My Sweet Angel: The True Story of Lacey Spears, the Seemingly Perfect Mother Who Murdered Her Son in Cold Blood. Spears opened up to Glatt about her experience in prison.
It’s been brutal here. Crimes involving children are considered the worst here. I hear them talking behind my back, calling me “baby killer,” “child killer,” and “mother of the year”. But I know it’s not who I am.
It’s been very hard, adjusting to being here. You always have to look behind your back, and I don’t trust anyone. I don’t have any friends, but I have people to talk to.
Her sister Rebecca Spears claims her sister has shared stories of bullying during meal time. “When she walked through the line and it would be her turn to pick up the tray [someone] would put salt packets over her meal and then hand the tray to her,” Rebecca told Glatt.
Spears has been offered protective custody by the jail to avoid her bullies, but Spears declined since the offer would require 23-hours per day in solitary confinement.