In April 2016, Kristen Meyer-Aleman and Alejandro Aleman’s 13-month-old daughter, Tayla, passed away at just seven pounds. She’d been born two pounds heavier.
According to the medical examiner, Tayla died from exhaustion caused by neglect. She was also starving to death, wearing clothes meant for a three-month-old, had a severe rash around her genitals, and had influenza, E. coli, the start of pneumonia, and bacteria linked to skin infections. Despite all these medical issues, Tayla’s parents never took her to a doctor. Her own father even refused to hold her, stating, “I don’t hold little kids. There’s no law that I have to hold my daughter.”
It isn’t hard to see why Tayla was so sick when considering the awful conditions at their Loxahatchee, Florida, home. Investigators say that the odor of urine and feces was everywhere, coupled with feces on the wall, which Kristen blamed on her 10 children and pet dogs. Foot-high piles of clothes were also found throughout the house.
After being arrested for the death of their daughter, Kristen and Alejandro were charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and cruelty to animals. They face the death penalty if convicted.
In interviews with police, Kristen claimed that she never had problems feeding Tayla. In the video below, Alejandro says he’s “very confused” about why he’s being charged with murder.
(via Crime Online)