Mother Charged With Killing Her Toddler By Feeding Her A Teaspoon Of Salt

August 4, 2016
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A South Carolina woman has been charged with murder Wednesday after her 17-month-old daughter died from salt poisoning, officials said.

Peyton Martines was taken off life support on Wednesday, a day after being declared brain-dead, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office toldthe Associated Press.

The toddler’s mother, 23-year-old Kimberly Martines, has been charged with homicide by child abuse. Martines faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. It wasn’t known if she had a lawyer.

Spartanburg County Solicitor Barry Barnette said Martines fed her daughter a teaspoon of salt in order to gain the attention of her husband, who she is currently separated from.

“She basically did that to try and get her husband’s attention — to get him back into her life,” the prosecutor said.

The 17-month-old baby girl was hospitalized on Sunday after suffering from seizures and a high fever.

High levels of sodium chloride, the main component in table salt, are toxic for everyone, but especially for children, because their kidneys are still developing.

Salt poisonings by parents are a recognized form of child abuse. Last year, a New York woman who had blogged about her 5-year-old son’s death was convicted of fatally poisoning him by giving him sodium through a feeding tube.

According to the arrest warrant for Martines, a pediatrician was concerned about the toddler in November because she was not gaining weight. The pediatrician referred Martines to a specialist who deals with developmental delays, but she never followed up.

The toddler’s twin sister and another sibling are in protective custody, officials said.


  1. Andrea Leon

    August 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Give her to the Lyons…

  2. Kandice Taylor England

    August 5, 2016 at 12:51 am

    That’s Horrible.. Maybe she should be forced to eat nothing but salt herself.

  3. Jaclyn Pascale Martinelli

    August 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Another devastating story where an innocent babies life is taken. Disgusting!

  4. Annabelle Berger

    August 5, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Is this what a single teaspoon of salt can do to a toddler? I try to use as lass salt as possible when cooking but sometimes when we eat outside he likes to put some salt on his hand and eat it, I try to prevent it but it usually happen when I am off to the Washroom is this dangerous?

  5. Amanda June

    August 5, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for sharing. I don’t give my four year old salt at all, but I did not know it was that harmful. Poor baby.

  6. Alexandra Korovilas

    August 5, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Hang her!!!!!

  7. Jen

    August 5, 2016 at 2:14 am

    How sad. I pray for all the parties involved in this sad sad story.

  8. Joanne Taylor

    August 5, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I am not upset about these stories, they are very informative, and I will continue to follow your page, thanks, keep up the good work.

  9. Briana Campbell

    August 5, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Jeri Leigh

  10. Rachal Merrigan

    August 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Hang her

  11. Amanda

    August 7, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I don’t understand how someone could do this to someone else…let alone her own child. Prayers for the other children, the family, friends, and that the Mother would have some real soul searching—Jesus, help her to find you.

  12. Kendra

    August 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    ANYTHING consumed/absorbed/injested/injected into the human body (actually any living organism) in elevated amounts that is more than what the body needs and/or can tolerate processing it through the applicable body systems that break said substances down, absorbing what it needs or is able and the remains continue going through the remaining process of being expelled in one way or another as waste material can be and is toxic. You can die from drinking to much water. The air we breathe is a balance of gases because we wouldn’t survive well breathing 100% oxygen. Any and every single chemical that we bring into our bodies on a regular basis can kill us if they are not balanced out correctly and smart decisions involving moderation. Most anything you find a warning lable on (for example on my tube of toothpaste it says that according to the State of California my toothpaste is a carcinogen) and everything else that doesn’t, all have the potential to kill you if not make you very very sick and/or shut down various organ systems if used in excess to the suggested amount. You require some salt in your daily diet, especially in order to get that small amount of iodine your body needs as well and that is the easiest way, and too much or too little salt to the point to where your body’s natural salinity is greater or less than what its suppose to be can have dire consequences. I don’t understand how people don’t know something is poisonous to them when common sense is that anything and everything is bad if taken in the wrong amounts, the body is an elaborite combination of constant chemical reactions, you mess up the chemical amounts you screw with the catalyst and ultimately the end result of the reaction is completely different. We are designed to function ina certain way, medicine at its base core is to be a cure to give the body the balance in chemicals it requires to function that for multiple reasons is lacking in or over producing. The other thing that boggles my mind are these women who call themselves mothers because they managed to do what the female body was designed to do, carry an embryo until the birth, push a child into the world, and think that that right there is what it takes to be a mom. Shit thats the easy part, just cause you gave birth, you are not a mom if you do not mother your child, cutivate and guide as they grow, you are an egg donor and a rented incubator for nine months at a time. How can someone be so selfish and self centered that they could purposefully harm a child, let alone their own child simply as a pathetic cry for attention because they are not the center of the universe. We do not reproduce simply so that we can have mini scape goats that are to be used as voodoo dolls to gain our own selfish desires. This is why I have lost almoat all hope for human kind because far too many people are continuing with this kind of behaviour meaning that at some point in time during these horrific events they made internal peace with themselves enough to be ok with doing what they do. They know its wrong but they don’t care because its someone else getting to suffer and not themselves. Too many people like this get blessed with innocent beautiful children full of potential and promise and too many that if given the chance would be the best parent that they could be and are unable to.

  13. Andrea Leon

    September 6, 2016 at 3:10 am

  14. Kim R Broidy

    September 6, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Jesuszzz!!! SMH

  15. Stef Creativa

    September 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I didn’t know salt was this bad for children. I’m going to rearch more on this.

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