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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Woman Charged With Putting Nail Polish Remover in Stepdaughter’s Bottle Sentenced to 10 Years

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today a Carol Stream woman accused of putting nail polish remover in her seventeen-month-old stepdaughter’s baby bottle has been sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez, 37 (d.o.b. 11/10/1979) of 661 Hearth Lane, appeared in Court this morning in front of Judge Brian Telander who handed down the sentence. On July 11, 2017, following a bench trial, Judge Telander found Vazquez-Hernandez guilty of two counts of Aggravated Battery, a Class 3 Felony, and one count of Attempt Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm to a Child Under 13, a Class 1 Felony. She has been held in custody since May 31, 2016 on a bond of $250,000 with 10% to apply.
 During the evening of May 29, 2016, officers with the Carol Stream Police Department responded to a call at Vazquez-Hernandez’s home regarding a child who may have ingested nail polish remover. Upon their arrival at the home, officers spoke to the victim’s father, who had placed the call. It is alleged that earlier that evening, the child’s father attempted to give his daughter a bottle of milk and that the child immediately spit out the contents of the bottle. The victim’s father immediately brought the girl to the hospital. All tests performed on the child at the hospital came back normal and she was released. An investigation into the matter revealed that at some point in time earlier that day, the victim’s stepmother allegedly added approximately one inch of nail polish remover to the baby bottle.
 “The very idea that anyone would purposely give a potentially deadly substance to an infant is shocking,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, the infant did not suffer any serious injury as a result of Ms. Vazquez-Hernandez’s attempts to cause her harm. I would like to thank the Carol Stream Police Department for work on this very disturbing case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Lee Roupas and Nicole Wilkes English for their work in holding Ms. Vazquez-Hernandez responsible for her deplorable actions.”
  Vazquez-Hernandez will be required to serve 50% of her sentence before being eligible for parole.