Prosecutors claim that an Illinois mom poured nail polish remover in a 17-month-old girl’s milk in order to punish the child that her husband had fathered with another woman, The Chicago Tribune reported.
The husband of Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez, 37, had fathered this toddler in a two-year separation from his wife before they reunited, prosecutors said. The couple also has a 6-year-old child.
The toddler was a “constant reminder of a forbidden relationship,” according to a court filing by prosecutors.
The attempted poisoning occurred May 2016, when Vazquez-Hernandez put the nail polish remover, mixed with milk, in the young girl’s cup and fed it to her, police alleged. The girl spit it out immediately and refused to drink the mixture further, at which point her father discovered that the drink had been poisoned.
The father took his toddler to the hospital, where doctors determined that the girl did not ingest enough nail polish remover to harm her. Though acetone, the chemical in nail polish remover, is toxic and can cause sickness, it is unlikely to be lethal in small amounts, according to The New York Times.
Vazquez-Hernandez allegedly admitted to police that she intended to “punish” her husband and the toddler’s mother, the Tribune reported. Prosecutors allege that she also got into a physical altercation with her husband one month before the poisoning.
Vazquez-Hernandez goes to trial May 17 on charges of aggravated battery and attempted aggravated battery.
[Image: DuPage County Sheriff]