Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Boy of 8 charged with beating baby girl to death while their mothers partied at nightclub

An eight-year-old boy has been charged with beating a baby girl to death after they were left home alone while their mothers went to a nightclub.

The boy is charged with murdering one-year-old Kelci Devine Lewis to death last month because she would not stop crying, police said.

The boy, who has not been identified, is in the care of Alabama state's child welfare agency, said Lieutenant Sean Edwards, Birmingham police spokesman.

"This is by far one of the saddest cases that I've witnessed since I became a police officer," Edwards said during a news conference.

Edwards said the little boy got "extremely agitated" because the baby refused to stop crying, and committed "violent acts."

The child was found dead in her cot the next morning, on October 11.

The baby's mother, Katerra Lewis, 26, has been charged with manslaughter.

The boy was the oldest of six children left alone as his mother, who has not been charged, and Lewis went out, Edwards said.

The mothers and children all lived together.

"You have an adult mother who had the audacity to leave her one-year-old in the custody with several other children," said Edwards.

The other children ranged in age from two to eight.


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