Alabama police charge 8-year-old with murder, victim's mom with manslaughter in death of 1-year-old

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Kelci Lewis

Kelci Lewis


Local8now: When a 1-year-old girl wouldn’t stop crying while her mother was at a club, an 8-year-old boy became annoyed and “viciously attacked” the toddler, beating her to death, police in Birmingham, Alabama, said.
Little Kelci Lewis suffered severe head trauma and “major internal organ damage,” leading to her death, police said in a statement.
“We did have some information that the 8-year-old got extremely agitated because the 1-year-old refused to stop crying, and so I guess the 8-year-old took it upon himself and began to commit violent acts against the 1-year-old,” Lt. Sean Edwards of the Birmingham Police Department told reporters Tuesday.
Katerra Lewis

Katerra Lewis


Police say the girl’s mother, Katerra Lewis, 26, and her roommate, a mother of five, went out for a night on the town about 11 p.m. on October 10. Lewis left Kelci under the supervision of her roommate’s children, all far too young for the responsibility, police said.
Lewis and the roommate didn’t bother to check on the kids when they got home from clubbing about 2 a.m., according to police.
Kelci was unresponsive the next morning when Lewis found her in her crib, where the boy had placed her. Police didn’t receive a call until about 10:30 a.m., Edwards said. The Jefferson County coroner ruled the death a homicide.
Had the women checked on the children when they got home from the club, Edwards said, police and paramedics would have responded earlier and Kelci’s death might have been averted.
Edwards said it’s the most heartbreaking case he and police Chief A.C. Roper have seen in their careers.
Lewis now stands charged with manslaughter. She is out of jail on a $15,000 bond. The 8-year-old boy is charged with murder and is in the custody of the state Department of Human Resources.
Emory Anthony, Lewis’ attorney, told CNN affiliate WBRC that manslaughter is applicable when someone acts recklessly or in the heat of passion, not when they allow someone else to act in a dangerous manner.
“I think they are trying to allege that she was reckless or negligent in some particular way, and we’ll have to deal with that. Of course, my client has a different story about what transpired,” Anthony told the station.
It’s unclear if the mother of five will face charges — Mary Russell, the Jefferson County prosecutor handling the case wouldn’t say, according to WBRC — but the station reported that her other four children are also in DHR custody.
“The sad part is you had an adult mother here who had the audacity to leave her 1-year-old in the custody of several other children at the house and none of those kids were over the age of 8,” Edwards said. The children were all between 2 and 8 years old, and only one of them was able to provide the “key information” about what happened to Kelci, Edwards said.
Edwards said the Birmingham Police Department has never charged someone so young with murder before. Alabama does not allow children to be tried as adults until they are 14, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
For the baby’s mother, the cost could go well beyond any possible sentence she could receive on a manslaughter conviction. “I think her punishment is going to be something she’ll have to live with the rest of her life, her actions that night, choosing the club over taking care of her 1-year-old,” Edwards said.
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0 responses to “Alabama police charge 8-year-old with murder, victim's mom with manslaughter in death of 1-year-old

  1. I have a bad case of upset stomach right now. What a horrible story.
    What are the chances the mother is on social services, but still finds the money to bar hop?
    And what kind of life do those other children have, that the 8 year old would think that was acceptable?
    The remaining children are where they should be.

     
  2. The U.S. is breeding monsters.

     
  3. Those kids are doomed to a life of poverty , living off the gov’t teet . I wonder where the ” baby Daddy’s ” are ? …………Jail ?
    And judging from the pic , ” baby Daddy ” must have had vision problems .

     
  4. Called “keeping it real”… followed by demands for more Free Stuff.

     
  5. Little children do not commit violence willfully without prior influence from their parents, others or watching violence on television. Therefore, when a small child commits such an act the parents are culpable of that act. Period.
    In this tragic case the child of 8 would have witnessed her mother’s frustration and aggressive behaviour when the little baby cried.
    As for the police charging the child of 8 with murder, they must be brain dead. And ,the the mother’s lawyer lives in cloud cuckoo land.

     
    • The police have routine charges for arresting people. The prosecutor makes the final call for the actual charge in court, if I remember correctly.
      This boy will not face a murder charge in court, no way. Not fully capable of understanding the consequences of his actions (at least in the eyes of the law).

       
  6. Sadly, after looking at the picture of the mother, we see a sow whose main purpose in life is bringing forth children — to heck with marriage, or having a Daddy in the home. Mama was out in the clubs looking for but another man to engage in a meaningless hookup. I wholeheartedly agree with Dr Eowyn — the system that brought us “the Great Society” is in fact the reason that these current Mothers are breeding monsters. In hind sight it would have been more merciful for poor single mothers to depend on charitable institutions for help. Instead, we replaced that with Uncle Sam writing a monthly check to each of these sows for the upkeep of the string of children she would produce, in many cases with different fathers for each of their children. There stopped being any social censure of single women having families on the Taxpayers’ dime. Now all of society is biting the bullet of the unintended consequences of this policy.

     
  7. There’s my candidate for Mother of the Year.
    -Dave

     

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