Mother ‘killed daughter with a spoonful of salt to get husband’s attention’

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A mother allegedly killed her daughter by feeding her a teaspoon of salt.

Kimberly Martines, 23, was charged with murder after 17-month-old Peyton died in South Carolina on Wednesday.

She had been admitted to hospital on Sunday when she started suffering seizures.

‘She (Martines) basically did that to try and get her husband’s attention — to get him back into her life,’ said Barry Barnette, a Spartanburg County solicitor.

The toddler had been on life support before she died but doctors had already declared her brain-dead.

Peyton’s family paid tribute to her in a statement.

‘She never cried and was a silly baby making everyone laugh,’ it said.

‘You could not help but smile when you was around her.

‘She was a little diva who loved her nails done and her favorite thing ever was Minnie Mouse.’

Young children are particularly at risk of salt poisoning (hypernatremia) because their kidneys are not fully developed.

Martines could be jailed for 20 years if she is found guilty of homicide by child abuse.

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Do you think 20 years is appropriate punishment? (Why/Why not)
 
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She should get life and never be able to see the outside again
 

DrLeftover

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I guess somebody didn't post enough of these on her timeline:


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Do you think 20 years is appropriate punishment? (Why/Why not)
Forget 20 years; whatever prison they send her to, that woman will be marked....crimes agst. children are considered some of the lowest crimes a person can commit and the other inmates aren't likely to let that woman forget anytime soon...
 

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It's likely she did this thinking the child would only become sick so her husband would be "forced" to pay attention to the woman via tending to their child's needs. It's clear she knew this act was harmful to the child as why else would she choose to do this unless she had prior knowledge that this was going to make her child sick but unfortunately didn't realize that it could kill her child too which it sadly did. I am surprised she didn't get a stiffer sentence then she did.
 

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Is that all a child is valued at 20 yrs.
Whilst inside she should be sterilised so she can never have children again.
 
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