An eight-year-old boy has been charged with murder after beating a one-year-old girl to death.
The boy reportedly killed Kelci Devine Lewis when she wouldn’t stop crying after being left in his care by her mother while she went to a nightclub.
The mother, 26-year-old Katerra Lewis, has also been charged with manslaughter by police in Birmingham, Alabama.
Katerra Lewis and the boy’s mother, who has not been charged or identified, reportedly left six children at home when they went out – the eight-year-old boy being the oldest.
Birmingham police spokesman Sean Edwards said: ‘This is by far one of the saddest cases that I have witnessed and been a part of since I became a police officer.
‘This type of irresponsibility on behalf of a parent is totally unacceptable.’
Edwards mentioned that police had to ask a six-year-old child who was found at the house what happened, and found the story consistent with the little girl’s injuries.
The eight-year-old boy is now in the care of Alabama’s child welfare agency, and will be tried through the family court system as there is no minimum age of prosecution in Alabama.
Lewis has been released on a $15,000 bond.
Source – Metro