CAROL STREAM, Illinois — A woman was sentenced to only 10-years in prison after being charged with putting nail polish remover in her 17-month-old stepdaughter’s baby bottle.
Before sentencing, Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez, 37, said she was ashamed of her conduct and regretted it.
She was found guilty on two counts of aggravated battery and one count of attempted aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a child under 13.
On May 29, 2016, police responded to Vazquez-Herandez’s residence where they spoke with the victim’s father, who had placed the call. Earlier that evening, he had attempted to give his daughter milk that she immediately spit out.
He then took the baby to the hospital, where all her tests came back normal and she was released.
An investigation later revealed that earlier in the day, Vazquez-Herandez had added approximately 1 inch of nail polish remover to the baby’s sippy cup.
Vazquez-Hernandez didn’t like the child because her husband fathered the baby with another woman while he and Vazquez-Hernandez were separated. The poisoning incident occurred when Vasquez-Hernandez was watching the child at her apartment.
Authorities say Vazquez-Hernandez was trying to punish her husband and the baby’s mother.
The husband gave a victim statement at the hearing, saying her actions had profoundly hurt their son. The boy sleepwalks, looking for his mother, he said.
“What were you thinking, that’s what I’d like to know. What were you thinking?” he said.
The victim’s mother also testified, and called Vazquez-Hernandez’s action “pure evil.”
“I will never be able to understand it,” she said.
Vazquez-Hernandez and her husband are the parents of a 7-year-old boy.