AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – An Aiken County mother is charged in the death of her child.
Alexzandra Howell is facing several charges including Murder/Homicide by Child Abuse. In January, her nearly 2-year-old daughter, Alexavia Aguirre, was found in cardiac arrest and died.
Reports say that once Howell realized the child was in distress she delayed getting medical attention for hours. At the time, Howell was charged with possession of fentanyl.
On Monday, she was arrested for the upgraded charges. According to arrest warrants, Howell has three children.
Toxicology reports say, on that same day, she deliberately gave her 5-year-old child a ‘migraine cocktail’ which included Benzodiazepine. A 4-year-old was also in the home that day but did not ingest any drugs.
Howell had recently been in trouble with the law. She was arrested for public disorderly conduct, unlawful entry into enclosed places and trespassing on Monday, March 6 when deputies found her inside the Lakeside Baptist Church on Jefferson Davis Highway.
According to the arrest report in that case, deputies responded to an alarm at the church just before 8 p.m. and located Howell on the second floor of the church going through her wallet and “appeared to be heavily under the influence,” which included slurring her words and not being able to stand straight.
Howell allegedly told deputies that she had met a woman at the church who was going to bring her some clothes and had been waiting for roughly two hours for her to return. Representatives for the church said no one had been there since the day before.
In that case, she was released on a combined $722.50 bond.