Five years for salt killer mum
A mother who killed her son with a salt overdose because she wanted attention has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Petrina Stocker’s nine-year-old son, David, had been in hospital for months and doctors were at a loss to find out what was wrong with him. She feared staff were about to move her son so she poisoned him with salt to bring about a downturn in his condition. He later died.
Bowing her head when the verdict was read out, Judge Gerald Gordon said: “Public revulsion at behaviour such as this means that a custodial sentence is inevitable.
“You deliberately caused to be fed to him a substantial quantity of salt at a time when I accept he was seriously ill.
“After nine years with no suggestion of harm to David there has to be some force, incomprehensible to me and most people, driving a mother to behave towards their own child as you did to David.”
Stocker is said to be suffering from factitious illness by proxy, a disorder previously referred to as Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy.