Pennsylvania woman arrested for allegedly plotting murder of boyfriend’s 1-year-old daughter

NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania – A 20-year-old woman from Pennsylvania has been arrested for the alleged murder of her boyfriend’s 1-year-old daughter, following a meticulously planned plot that resulted in the child’s death. Aleisia Owens has been charged with a number of offenses, including homicide and aggravated assault of a child, after the June 2023 death of Iris Alfera. The child’s death has been linked to fatal levels of acetone in her blood. Owens has been denied bail.

The investigation into Iris’ death began when officers responded to the child’s father’s home, where Owens reported that the child had fallen from the bed and was lethargic. Iris was airlifted to a hospital, where she eventually passed away. An autopsy revealed that her death was caused by acetone poisoning. The investigation also found that in the months leading up to Iris’ death, she had ingested “water beads,” as well as button-shaped batteries and a metal screw.

Furthermore, it was discovered that Owens had conducted extensive online research on household products that could cause harm to children, including water beads, batteries, and nail polish. According to authorities, her phone searches were a crucial piece of evidence in the case against her. This tragic incident has left an entire community reeling with grief for the loss of the young child.

The child’s father, Bailey Jacoby, has not been linked to the child’s death, and there is no evidence of his involvement. Iris’ mother, Emily Alfera, expressed deep sorrow on social media, mourning the loss of her “angel baby.” Attorney General Henry also expressed his disbelief at the deliberate steps taken to harm an innocent child, emphasizing the details of the case as heartbreaking. The investigation shows that Owens conducted meticulous research on substances that can harm children, and allegedly acted upon her findings.

In the wake of this devastating incident, the community is left to grapple with the tragic loss of a young life and the heartbreak that surrounds it. The details of the case paint a distressing picture of deliberate harm inflicted upon a defenseless child, leaving an entire community reeling from the senseless loss.