A young mother who felt she was losing her husband’s love, decided to get the needed attention by killing their only daughter with salt. She gave her own child of 17 months, a teaspoon of salt and thereby sending the innocent soul to an early grave.
Young children are particularly at risk of salt poisoning (hypernatremia) because their kidneys are not fully developed.
Image shows Kimberly Martines
The 23-year-old mom has been charged to court after Peyton [her daughter] died at Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg in South Carolina on Wednesday, Mirror reported.
Kimberly Martines started her tricks by feigning seizures and was immediately taken to hospital. The love-struck mother seem to be having a troubled marriage and was trying to make the man stick with her. Unfortunately, she used the wrong ideas.
‘She (Martines) basically faked illness in order to get her husband’s attention — or have him back into her life,’ said Barry Barnette, a Spartanburg County solicito, according to the report. When that attempt failed, she decided to take away the only thing he loves.
The innocent kid went on life support but couldn’t survive the heartless treatment meted on her by someone who should have been a guardian angel. Doctors tried to revive her but “she was already declared brain-dead” at the time of admission.
Trinbutes from Peyton’s family read:
‘She never cried and was a silly baby making everyone laugh.
‘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.’
Kimberly Martines is facing a possible jail term of 20 years, if found guilty. She has been charged for homicide by child abuse.
Image shows 17-month-old Peyton who dies from salt poisoning (Source: Mirror).
Reports from WCNC shows Kimberly isn’t the only mother who has faced the laws for salt deaths:
In 2015, a 27-year-old Kentucky mom was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for poisoning her 5-year-old son to death using salt. A Texas mother of five was convicted of killing her 4-year-old foster son in 2007 after being accused of feeding him excessive amounts of salt.
But what exactly is salt poisoning, and who is at risk?
Salt poisoning, also known as hypernatremia, is when a body takes in dangerously high levels of sodium, according to the National Capital Poison Center.
Too much sodium in the bloodstream can damage brain cells, and lead to seizures, coma or even death. Fluid can build up in the lungs, causing trouble breathing. Other symptoms of salt poisoning include kidney damage, nausea, vomiting and weakness.
Image shows Kimberly Martines in police custody.
Wise Geek confirms table salt is not only a commonly used seasoning, but also contains sodium, a nutrient needed by the human body. Sodium helps muscles and nerves work properly and ensures that the body retains the proper amount of fluids. Too much sodium is bad for the body, however, and can even lead to hypernatraemia, or salt poisoning.