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
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.
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.