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EXCLUSIVE: Inmates threaten father charged in girl’s starvation death

Inmates at the Palm Beach County Jail threatened to harm the man accused of starving his 13-month-old daughter to death last year, records show.

Alejandro Aleman’s fellow inmates learned about his case in mid-October when Judge Charles Burton appointed Michael Salnick as Aleman’s attorney.

Aleman and his wife, Kristen Meyer-Aleman, face first-degree murder, child abuse and animal cruelty charges stemming from the death of their daughter, Tayla, on April 1. An emergency room doctor called Tayla’s starvation death the worst he’d ever seen.

The state is seeking the death penalty for both of Tayla’s parents.

READ MORE: Complete coverage of Tayla Aleman’s death

The three men Alejandro Aleman accused of threatening him denied the allegations and told jail officials they don’t interact with Aleman, records show. Nevertheless, sheriff’s officials moved Aleman to a protective-custody cell Oct. 21. He was placed on “deadlock status” 24 hours a day, records state.

Salnick could not immediately be reached from comment Thursday.

In December, Alejandro Aleman was moved to the West Detention Center in Belle Glade, a move that sparked multiple handwritten letters from Aleman to sheriff’s officials.

“I don’t feel safe here,” Aleman wrote. “The guards walk by and look at my picture and name and know who I am because my case is a high-profile case that’s been all over the news and newspaper all the time.”

He asked to be moved back to the county’s main jail on Gun Club Road near Palm Beach International Airport.

“The guards at Gun Club were good with me,” he wrote. “I never had a problem there and had people to talk to and went outside every day, not locked up 24 hours a day like I am here.”

His requests were denied.

He did, however, return to the Gun Club Road jail in late January for a court appearance in February. Jail records show Aleman remains in protective custody there.

Meyer-Aleman also is being held in the main jail. Records show she was moved to a different cell last month due to conflicts with another inmate who reportedly was stealing Meyer-Aleman’s canteen items, including a Snickers and a bag of chips.

Meyer-Aleman informed jail officials that the woman threatened to hurt her if she told officials. The inmate admitted to stealing Meyer-Aleman’s chips but denied threatening her, records show.

Since they were booked into the jail Sept. 29, neither Meyer-Aleman nor Aleman has had visitors besides attorneys, jail logs show. Meyer-Aleman has received six letters since her time in jail began, all of a legal nature. She has sent eight letters, records show, including one in late December to her mother.

It does not appear Alejandro Aleman has sent or received letters during his time in custody.

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