Closings scheduled in case of woman accused of killing son

Lacey Spears and 5-year-old son

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A young mother accused of killing her son by force-feeding him salt has decided not to testify at her murder trial.

Summations are scheduled Thursday in the case of Lacey Spears, who is charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2014 death of 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears.

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The prosecution says Spears fed Garnett heavy concentrations of sodium through a stomach tube. Jurors saw a video that showed Spears taking her son into a hospital bathroom and the boy suffering afterward.

There were no defense witnesses. Spears’ lawyers extensively cross-examined several prosecution witnesses, attempting to show there could have been other causes for the boy’s death. The prosecution rested on Tuesday and the defense announced Wednesday that Spears would not testify.


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