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My Sweet Angel

My Sweet Angel, October 2017
by John Glatt

St. Martin's True Crime
Featuring: Lacey Spears
480 pages
ISBN: 1250136342
EAN: 9781250136343
Mass Market Paperback
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"The true story of how Lacey Spears loved her son to death."

Fresh Fiction Review

My Sweet Angel
John Glatt

Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted April 28, 2018

True Crime

Lacey Spears appeared to be a doting and very loving mother of her son, Garnett. Then things started happening very quickly and never really did get back to normal. When Garnett was born, he was a very healthy baby and there was no cause for him to develop the symptoms that began when he was just a few days old. That is when a hysterical Lacey Spears ran into a hospital emergency room screaming that her baby was having seizures. It was discovered that Garnett had a seriously high amount of sodium in his system. When Garnett was stable enough for Lacey to take home, he was back again. This time with seizures along with vomiting and refusal to eat. A feeding port was put into place, thus giving Lacey a way to feed him directly into stomach. Unknowingly, Lacey was handed the main murder weapon although no one knew that at the time.

This was just the beginning of a nightmare for little Garnett, who was a fighter till the end of his life at just five years old. While that is very sad, it gets even worse when Lacey is arrested and charged with Garnett's murder. All of the signs had been there from the beginning, but it seemed that no one really investigated this child's numerous health issues.

During all of Garnett's many sicknesses, Lacey was racking up the Facebook and MySpace posts giving constant updates on Garnett's condition. Of course, she was getting all sorts of attention from people she did not even know in person as well as a rather large support group in her life. No one was prepared to learn what Lacey really was.

While all the signs were there, only one doctor used the term "Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy." This is a mental or psychological disorder where a parent or caregiver deliberately poisons their children or whoever is in their care. It is a rather uncommon disorder that is becoming more heard of these days. The caregivers do it to get attention. That is what is so upsetting about this disorder. Many times, it can take a while to diagnose this disorder because the caregivers are so good at hiding their actions. Sadly, it takes a death to realize that someone has committed murder. That was the case for little Garnett.

John Glatt shows his top-notch writing skills in covering true crime events in MY SWEET ANGEL. He quickly and easily draws his readers into this sad and horrible tale, made scarier just by the fact it is true, and these events actually happened. Yet, Glatt tells this story carefully and factually while leaving the reader in shock and tears.

MY SWEET ANGEL is one of the most absorbing books I have ever read, and I am a real true crime buff. John Glatt does not pull any punches, which is at it should be. He writes with true knowledge while keeping his readers enthralled. It is a lot like when you see something that is so awful, but you just cannot look away. Once you read MY SWEET ANGEL, it will stay with you for a while after you have finished that last page and leave you wanting to know more about this woman who could murder her own precious child.

Go into MY SWEET ANGEL prepared to read a true story of incomprehensible actions. In the end, though, you will be thankful that you traveled this rather difficult journey if for no other reason than to know that monsters walk among us.

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SUMMARY

Mommy blogger Lacey Spears made headlines when she was charged with the murder of her five-year-old son, Garnett. Prosecutors alleged that she had poisoned him with high concentrations of salt through his stomach tube. How could a mother do such a thing to her own son? This is the shocking true story.

To the outside world Lacey had seemed like a loving, concerned mother, regularly posting updates on social media about 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, Lacey deliberately made Garnett sick to elicit sympathy from medical professionals as well as her hundreds of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and her own blog. When a Westchester County jury found her guilty of killing Garnett in April 2015, she was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison. My Sweet Angel is the definitive definitive account— featuring interviews with Lacey’s family, the investigators who broke the case, even Lacey herself—of extraordinary case that shocked the world.


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