A DuPage County judge ordered an Illinois stepmother who spiked a toddler’s sippy cup with nail polish to spend the next 10 years behind bars.
As previously reported, Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez, 37, tried to poison her 17-month-old step-daughter with nail polish on Sunday evening in May 2016. Vazquez-Hernandez called 911 and claimed the little girl accidentally got into the polish, but when taken to the hospital, physicians said the toddler didn’t ingest nail polish. The child apparently had spat out the drink when it tasted funny. This led detectives to believe that Vazquez-Hernandez purposely tried to spike the child’s drink.
Authorities said the motive boiled down to jealousy.Vazquez-Hernandez and her husband had a child in 2010 but separated shortly after. During their separation, the husband had a baby with another woman.The baby, a little girl, was born in December 2014. Vazquez-Hernandez and her husband later got back together, but she was reportedly jealous of the little girl’s mother, who her husband still kept in contact with.
Although Vazquez-Hernandez said she was glad the child doing fine now, the judge said she showed no remorse at all up until the day of sentencing.
“I am troubled … by the defendant’s lack of remorse,” Judge Brian Telander said. “I’m not so sure it’s not the situation she finds herself in. It just doesn’t seem to me that she gets it.”
During the hearing, Vazquez-Hernandez’s husband gave a victim’s statement. He not only questioned her mindset when she tried to poison his daughter, but he also pointed out that her son, missing his mother, sleep walks at night looking for her.
“What were you thinking, that’s what I’d like to know. What were you thinking?”
Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas initially asked for Vazquez-Hernandez to serve 14 years in prison, a year under the 15-year maximum sentence for the charges of aggravated and domestic battery. Yet, since she had no prior arrests and had already served 15 months in the county jail, her sentence was reduced. However, once she completes her sentence, she’ll be turned over to immigration officials in Mexico, her home country.
[Feature Photo: DuPage County Sheriff’s Office]