Eight-year-old charged with murder: Alabama Girl Killed

Police say an 8-year-old Alabama boy is charged with beating a 1-year-old girl to death while they were left home alone.

Birmingham police spokesman Sean Edwards says that a murder warrant has been obtained against the boy and that 26-year-Katerra Lewis also is charged with manslaughter in the death of her daughter, 1-year-old Kelci Lewis.

“The 8-year-old just recklessly, viciously dealt with the 1-year-old,” the spokesman, Lt. Sean Edwards, said at a news conference on Tuesday,

 

Police say several children ranging from age 2 to 8 were left home alone while Katerra Lewis and a friend went to a nightclub Oct. 11.

Edwards says the girl began crying while the children were alone, and the boy attacked her. Edwards says the two weren’t related.

Police say the girl suffered severe head trauma and major damage to her internal organs.

Lieutenant Edwards said officials thought that the charge against Ms. Lewis might signal to other parents that they could be prosecuted in similar cases.

One-year-old Kelci Lewis. (Hunstville Times)

One-year-old Kelci Lewis. (Hunstville Times)

“Most mothers that I know would have never done something like this,” Lieutenant Edwards said, “but it definitely sends the message that this type of behavior, this type of irresponsibility on behalf of a parent is totally unacceptable.”

Family members attended a candlelight vigil for Kelci on 20 October, where the victim’s grandmother, Waynetta Callens, told the Huntsville Times that Kelci was “loved by so many”. Katerra Lewis attended but was too distraught to speak, the Times reported.

Lewis has posted $15,000 bond, and the boy is in state custody.

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