Woman accused of killing baby by feeding it batteries, screws, and acetone: Report

 January 13, 2024

A disturbing suspected homicide case out of Pennsylvania last week shocked the nation.

According to the New York Post, a Pennsylvania woman has been arrested after authorities said she allegedly killed her boyfriend's 18-month-old child with an array of toxic and potentially fatal items.

The child, Iris Alfera, died after ingesting screws, nail polish remover, and batteries, according to an autopsy.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry announced the arrest of Aleisia Owens, 20, in a shocking press release.

"Aleisia Owens, 20, is charged with criminal homicide regarding the baby’s death in June 2023. Owens is also charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault of a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and other offenses, regarding conduct leading to the baby’s death and other acts of abuse in months prior," the release said.

It added, "The Medical Examiner determined that the child’s death was the result of fatal levels of acetone in her blood at the time of death, and ruled it a homicide. Investigators learned that in months before the baby’s death, the child ingested numerous “water beads,” along with button-shaped batteries, and a metal screw. "

Making the situation even more sickening is the revelation that Owens had allegedly researched the level of harm feeding a child such items could inflict.

"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," AG Henry said in a statement.

She added, "The investigation shows that, for months, the defendant conducted meticulous research on how certain substances harm children. 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."

New Castle Police Department Chief Robert Salem also issued a statement on the horrifying development.

"The death of Iris Alfera has brought pain, sadness, and anger to our community. The New Castle City Police Department has worked tirelessly on this case with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to bring the person responsible to justice," Salem said.

He added, "I am extremely proud of the officers, detectives, and agents who were involved in investigating this complex case and arresting the person who was responsible for the child’s death."

If proven guilty in a court of law, hopefully the judge makes an example of her.