She threatened her husband that she’ll poison their baby if he doesn’t come back to her.
23-year-old Kimberly Martines killed her own baby with salt poisoning in a bid to get her estranged husband back into her life. 17-month-old Peyton suffered seizures and a fever from salt poisoning, before passing away at the hospital where doctors could no longer save her.
Family members recall how dear Peyton was to them: ‘Peyton was the most beautiful, happiest, loving baby ever. She never cried and was a silly baby making everyone laugh.
‘You could not help but smile when you was around her. She was a little diva who loved her nails done and her favourite thing ever was Minnie Mouse. Her presence will always be with us.’
Apparently, Peyton died due to Hypernatremia. Hypernatremia, or salt poisoning, occurs when too much salt is present in the bloodstream, causing cells to shrink as water rushes out of them.
This can lead to torn blood vessels as the cells are forced out of their normal location. The imbalance of electrolytes can also cause fluid buildup in the lungs, as well as seizures and kidney damage. Hypernatremia most often occurs when people don’t drink enough water.
Infants are especially susceptible because their kidneys are too immature to process any added salt in their foods, according to the World Action on Salt and Health.
Martines, of South Carolina, has been charged with homicide by child abuse. Martines’ older child, as well as the baby girl’s twin sister, have both been placed in protective custody with the Department of Social Services.