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Mother, accused of fatally poisoning child with salt

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -
The mother accused of fatally poisoning her 17-month-old child said she fed the child salt to get her husband back into her life, according to Solicitor Barry Barnette.

The child was pronounced brain dead on Tuesday and died Wednesday afternoon, Coroner Rusty Clevenger said.

Medical personnel at Spartanburg Medical Center called the Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning about the toddler.

The medical staff told investigators on Monday that the child was diagnosed with an acute case of salt poisoning.

Too much sodium in the bloodstream, or salt poisoning, is called hypernatremia. Sodium is found in table salt, rock salt, pickling salt, and sea salt. Soy sauce contains high levels of sodium. Sodium is essential to human health, but too much sodium is poisonous.

Hypernatremia causes water to rush out of cells. Loss of fluid from cells causes damage, especially to brain cells. As the cells shrink, they are torn out of their normal locations. Torn blood vessels and fluid buildup can cause seizures, fluid in the lungs and kidney damage.

Sodium poisoning can cause seizures, coma and death.

The child’s mother, Kimberly Nicole Martines, 23, was interviewed by special victims unit investigators Monday and Tuesday, and she confessed to feeding the victim a teaspoon of salt, deputies said.


Investigators said that in November 2015, the child's pediatrician told Martines that he was concerned about the baby's lack of weight gain and developmental delays. The pediatrician referred Martines to a specialist, but she canceled the appointment.

After consultation with the Solicitor’s Office, Martines was charged with felony child abuse. Due to the child's death on Wednesday, the solicitor decided to charge Martines with homicide by child abuse.

In court, Barnette told the judge that Martines said she gave the child the salt to get her husband, the child's father, to take her back.

"She was a great mother. She would've never done anything to hurt her kids at all," Martines' sister, Tiffany Lazar, told WYFF News 4's Mike McCormick after the bond hearing. "There's a lot more that went on than people understand. No one should judge her at all, and there's nothing in this world that would make her hurt her babies."

The toddler’s twin sister and an older sibling have both been placed into protective custody with the Department of Social Services.

The judge at the detention center was not able to set bond due to the severity of the charge. A circuit court judge will have to make a ruling on bond at a later date.
Posted by Anonymous on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:19 PM
Smh at her sisters response. Clearly she would do something to hurt her babies.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:20 PM

This is where I live. I saw it on the news. So sad. Too many cases like these around here.

kiwiskiwi29
by on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM
Sick bitch.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:24 PM

omgoodness how terribly horrible!! poor child. there are to many sick people that care for children and pets. sad just so sad.

i never even heard of salt poisoning, or new there was a such thing. not that i would sit there and give anyone that much salt in one sitting.


Amy_M
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

I think it is absolutely disgusting that the sister is defending her even after she admitted to doing it! I really hope they don't give her other children to the sister and lock her up for good.

dandynorm
by Gold Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:28 PM
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She intentionally did something she knew to be harmful to her child in order to get the attention of a man. That's pretty much the text book definition of a horrible mother.
CABZS
by Sapphire Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:32 PM
This is what I was thinking. Dumbass sister, the mother admitted to harming the child!

I hope nobody in thus family gets those kids and I hope the siblings can remain together, so sad the twins are now apart :(

Quoting Anonymous 2: Smh at her sisters response. Clearly she would do something to hurt her babies.
chinosruca
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:35 PM
What a sad situation. Poor baby. The sister is an idiot for her statement. Obviously, she would, could and did do something to hurt her baby.
craazycuckoo
by on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:39 PM

There are many women on here who have said 'fuck you kids' to get the attention of a man.

Like I've said before, any ass can be a parent, but you need a license to hunt, fish, and own a dog.

Quoting dandynorm: She intentionally did something she knew to be harmful to her child in order to get the attention of a man. That's pretty much the text book definition of a horrible mother.


stayathommom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:39 PM
One tsp of salt caused this? Doesn't seem like enough to cause damage. Or, was it one tsp a day or something? Either way....this is absolutely horrid, sickening and atrocious. And while I certainly don't agree with the sister's point of view, I would be interested to know what the supposed rest of the story is.
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