Your speedy update on all the day’s stories, Thursday, June 19 2014
1. “Mummy blogger” charged over son’s death.
A blogger in the US who allegedly poisoned her son with salt has been charged over his death, and may face up to 25 years in prison.
Lacey Spears blogged about her son’s battle with illness for years. His death, however, promoted an investigation.
Police allege that single mum Spears poisoned her 5 year-old boy, Garnett, with sodium using a feeding tube into his stomach. There is no clear evidence as to why Garnett had a feeding tube, but what is known is that Spears wrote about it extensively. Spears told friends that Garnett had “failure to thrive” — a catch-all term for children who don’t eat enough and had a feeding tube inserted as a baby. Garnett was airlifted to hospital on January 19 and was put on life support. Tragically, he died on January 23. Doctors were surprised by the unusually high level of sodium in Garnett’s system.
She was indicted on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter. Her lawyer has told FoxNews, “Lacey is completely devastated by the loss of her son and absolutely denies harming her son in any way.”
The blog, “Garnett the Great,” was started by Lacey just after Garnett was born.
2. Coles guilty over “fresh” bread claims.
The ACCC has won a case against Coles over the supermarket’s claims about its baked bread.
The consumer watchdog launched proceedings against Coles last year, saying they were misleading consumers into thinking bread was made on the day in-store when, in some cases, the bread had been partially baked months earlier in factories in Ireland, Denmark and Germany.
Federal Court chief justice James Allsop said Coles had breached three sections of Australian Consumer Law, in his ruling, handed down on Wednesday.
Coles could face fines of up to $1.1 million for each breach.