A baby suffering from salt poisoning was hospitalized and has died.
Prosecutors said Kimberly Martines, 23, faces charge of homicide by child abuse after making her baby, 17-month-old Peyton, consume a teaspoon of salt.
As reported by WSPA, Martines fed her baby salt in an attempt to have the child’s father back. According to the solicitor, Martines and the child’s father are currently separated. Peyton had been living with Martines.
“[Martines] fed her child a teaspoon of salt, then had her follow through with a drink after that,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “She basically did that to try and get her husband’s attention – to get him back into her life.”
Peyton was transported to the Spartanburg Medical Center on Sunday after Martines noticed the child was experiencing seizures. The incident report from Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says Martines called 911.
On Wednesday, Peyton was taken off of life support. She died soon thereafter.
“We will use medical information, statements from witnesses and an autopsy that will include a number of special tests to document what happened to this child,” Coroner Rusty Clevenger said. “Toxicology testing is also a part of this investigation and will be submitted to the state lab for extensive testing.”
Last year, Peyton’s pediatrician had referred Martines to a GI doctor and Babynet due to concerns over the baby’s poor weight and development delays. The incident report notes Martines had canceled the appointment and was absent for her appointment with the doctor.
Martines is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center. She was been denied bond.