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A Pennsylvania woman accused of poisoning her boyfriend’s toddler made suspicious online searches in the months leading up to the tragedy, the state’s attorney general said.
Aleisia Owens, 20, is charged with felony murder, attempted murder and aggravated child abuse in connection with the death of one-year-old Iris Alfera in New Castle. Iris died in June after a fatal overdose of acetone.
Law enforcement officials learned that in the months before her death, Iris also swallowed numerous “water beads” along with button-shaped batteries and a metal screw.
An investigation later revealed that Ms Owens, the girl’s father’s girlfriend, had made online searches for “beauty products that are toxic to children” and “medications that cause accidental child poisoning deaths”.
The search continued from March 2022 to shortly before Iris’ death.
On Thursday, Attorney General Michelle Henry announced the arrest of Ms. Owens.
“The details of this case are heartbreaking. “It is hard to fathom that someone would take deliberate steps to harm a completely helpless child and then mislead investigators about what happened,” Ms Henry said in a statement. “My office will never stop holding accountable those who put the lives of others, especially vulnerable children, at risk.”
Iris was found unresponsive on June 25 in the home shared by her father and Ms Owens.
He was treated at the hospital, but died of organ failure on June 29.
Ms. Owens is being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail.
“We are happy that he has finally been arrested. This is the first step. “It’s going to be a long process in the court system,” said Frank Alfera, Iris’ grandfather News of the new castle.
Iris’ father has not been charged in her death.
“During the investigation, there was nothing to indicate that he had any knowledge or connection to what happened to the baby. He was questioned several times and was cooperative,” said New Castle Police Chief ‘i Bobby Salem is also published.