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Pennsylvania AG Accuses Woman of Fatally Poisoning Boyfriend’s 1-Year-Old Daughter

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They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But it appears some have that fury in spades, and it doesn’t take much to get them to reveal it. That much is certainly true in the case of Aleisia Owens, 20, who is facing charges of criminal homicide. 

Owens is the prime suspect in the June 2023 death of Iris Alfera, according to Attorney General Michelle Henry. A medical examiner found the death to be “the result of fatal levels of acetone in her blood.” As such, they ruled it a homicide.

Emergency responders found the child unresponsive on June 25, 2023, at the home of her father, Bailey Jacoby. He resided in the home with Owens at the time, not knowing what she was doing behind his back. 

They moved Iris to a local hospital for treatment, but she succumbed to her injuries four days later. Owens is now facing multiple charges. They include attempted homicide, aggravated assault of a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and alleged abuse in the preceding months. 

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Owens was denied bail due to the severity of the charges. This is unsurprising owing to how callous her actions were. Investigation revealed that the child swallowed about 20 “water beads,” button-shaped batteries, and a metal screw. All in the months before her death.

It was meticulously planned. Owens first used her cellphone from February to June to gather information about household products that could cause a child serious harm or death, including water beads, batteries, and nail polish. 

Owens’ search history included phrases such as “beauty products that are poisonous to kids” and “medications leading to cause accidental poisoning deaths in children,” according to Henry’s office.

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“The investigation shows that, for months, the defendant conducted meticulous research on how certain substances harm children,” Henry said. “She then allegedly acted on her findings. My office will never stop working to hold individuals accountable who knowingly put the lives of others, especially vulnerable children, at risk.”

An autopsy report has confirmed that the toddler’s cause of death was acetone poisoning, which led to organ failure. Medical experts who examined the toddler’s body concluded she was exposed to acetone just before her hospitalization.

“The details of this case are heartbreaking. It is hard to fathom someone taking deliberate steps to harm a completely helpless child, then mislead investigators about what happened,” Henry said. Iris’s demise was a pointless one, and it triggered strong reactions from community members and the police force. 

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New Castle Police Department Chief Robert Salem said, “The death of Iris Alfera has brought pain, sadness, and anger” to the community, and law enforcement worked tirelessly “to bring the person responsible to justice.” Owens will appear in court again later this month, but there is little chance of her walking away from this free. 

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