Suburban Chicago Woman Accused of Putting Nail Polish Remover in Stepdaughter's Baby Bottle

A 36-year-old suburban Chicago woman is accused of putting nail polish remover in her 17-month-old stepdaughter’s bottle.

Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez, of Carol Stream, was charged with felony aggravated battery and domestic battery and faces up to five years in prison. Her bond was set at $250,000 Tuesday.

Police were called to Vazquez-Hernandez’s home Sunday evening for a child who may have ingested nail polish remover. The father of the baby told officers he attempted to give his daughter a bottle of milk earlier in the night and she immediately spit it out, prosecutors said.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where tests came back normal and she was later released.

An investigation into the matter, however, revealed that at some point during the day, the baby’s stepmother added roughly one inch of nail polish remover to the bottle, prosecutors said Tuesday. 

“The allegations against this defendant are extremely disturbing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “Thankfully, the young victim in this case did not ingest any of the nail polish remover allegedly supplied by her stepmother.” 

Vazquez-Hernandez is expected to appear in court again on June 27. It was not immediately known if she had an attorney.

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