BIRMINGHAM, AL (WIAT) — Birmingham police have arrested and charged a mother and 8-year-old child in the death of 1-year-old Kelcia Lewis.
Police learned that the 1-year-old was left at home on Oct. 11 with children ranging from 2 to 8 years old with no adult supervision.
The mother of the child reportedly left the house to go to the nightclub with her friend, the homeowner.
While the two adults were at the club, the 8-year-old boy allegedly attacked the 1-year-old because the baby wouldn’t stop crying.
The baby suffered head trauma and internal organ damage, which lead to her death.
Both the 8-year-old and Katerra Lewis, 26, were arrested. Lewis was taken to the Jefferson County jail but posted $15,000 bond.
The 8-year-old is currently in state custody.
“Charges have been brought forth, she’s made bond, she’s had a trial through the court, but her punishment is something I think she is going to have to live with for the rest of her life,” said Lt. Sean Edwards of Birmingham Police.
He continued, “Her actions that night, choosing the club over taking care of her 1-year-old, are going to stick with her the rest of her life.”
In all of his years in law enforcement, Lt. Edwards said he’d never charged anyone that young with murder.
However, attorney Eric Guster said there will be a distinct difference in the way the court handles an 8-year-old murder suspect versus an adult murder suspect.
“The difference between an adult and a child being charged with murder is very important. Children being charged with anything, the issue is to try and rehabilitate the child,” said Guster.
He continued, “Juvenile court is designed to rehabilitate children and make them better citizens before they’re adults, so it’s going to be very interesting how the court handles this one, being that it’s a murder charge.”
Lewis is set to appear in court on Nov. 30 at 9 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information should call the Birmingham Police Department Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.