Dad’s Girlfriend Charged With Killing Baby With Nail Polish Remover After Batteries, Screws Didn’t Work, Says Police

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A woman is accused of fatally poisoning her boyfriend’s 18-month-old daughter by feeding her batteries, screws and nail polish remover after she researched the harmful effects the items could have on a child before the killing.

Aleisia Owens, 20, was arrested Thursday, 11th January for the suspected homicide of Iris Rita Alfera after an autopsy determined the child died due to fatal levels of acetone in her blood, Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry announced.

Owens had been living with Iris’ father, Bailey Jacoby, when he left the house to go to the store on 25 June 2023.

Jacoby, who had visitation rights with Iris, then received a call from Owens that something was wrong with his daughter.

He rushed to the New Castle home to find his baby girl unresponsive and quickly called 911, according to the criminal complaint obtained by WPIX.

Iris was rushed to UPMC Jameson Hospital in New Castle, Pennsylvania, for treatment but she was later airlifted roughly one hour away to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The toddler died four days later due to organ failure.

Iris lived with her mother, Emily Alfera, and her grandparents while her father, Jacoby, had visitation rights.

Owens had told police that the girl had hit her head after she “cramped up” and fell off her bed, according to the complaint.

However, the autopsy showed that Iris had ingested numerous “water beads,” along with button-shaped batteries and a metal screw, months before she died, according to the Attorney-General’s Office.

A search of Owens’ phone revealed she had been looking up “information on household products that could cause a child serious harm or death, including water beads, batteries, and nail polish,” from February to June 2023.

 Police found she had also searched “beauty products that are poisonous to kids” and “medications leading to cause accidental poisoning deaths in children.”

Acetone is found in nail polish remover.

New Castle Police Chief Robert Salem said the wicked findings on Owens’ phone were a “crucial piece of the evidence against her.”

“The details of this case are heartbreaking.”

 

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