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Mother jailed for DUI, 1 week after child died mysteriously in Aiken



The Aiken County mother who was arrested for fentanyl possession after the mysterious death of her 1-year-old daughter went back to jail over the weekend for a DUI.

Alexzandra “Annie” Howell, 22, was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence after being stopped by the S.C. Highway Patrol. She gave a new address on Old Sudlow Lake Road in North Augusta and could not make bond that was set at $1,107. Her baby’s funeral is Tuesday morning.

The Aiken County mother of three made headlines last week after her daughter Alexavia Aguirre died and Howell was arrested for possession of fentanyl. The young mother was released on a personal recognizance bond in that case.

Howell gave multiple versions of where she was in the hours before the child was found in cardiac arrest and died. The child’s cause of death is pending toxicology tests, and Howell has not been charged in her death. But the Department of Social Services has removed her other two children from the residence where she was staying at L & L Lane.

After Howell’s release on the drug charge, she went on Facebook to ask for money as she tried to get her daughters back. But she remained in the Aiken County Detention Center on Monday afternoon, unable to make bond, according to jail officials.

It’s unclear whether she would be able to make bond in time for the scheduled funeral of her daughter, set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Posey Funeral Home in North Augusta.

Alexavia Aguirre

The obituary, posted on the funeral home’s website, gives more information on the child:

Born February 16, 2021, Alexavia is the daughter of Kelvin de Jesus Aguirre and Alexandra Howell. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Arleena-Reign Howell and Analeise Leyva; her maternal grandmother, Shelley Cogburn (Julian Smith); her maternal grandfather, Lewis Owens; her paternal grandmother, Deysi Maribel Arita Santos; her great-grandmother, Marsha “Dee” Groomes; and her godmother, Estrella Hernandez.

In her short life, Alexavia had a profound impact on all who knew her. She had the ability to light up a room with her smile and bring immense happiness to the world with her wild, yet sweet personality. Alexavia was intelligent and loved music, dancing and singing her favorite songs as loud as she could. She hated being dirty and loved to clean up and be tidy. Alexavia enjoyed being in the water and playing with animals. However, what brought her the most joy was spending time with her older sisters, who she adored and looked up to.

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