An Alabama boy, 8, has been charged with murder after beating a 1-year-old girl to death because she wouldn’t stop crying, authorities said.
The girl’s mother, Katerra Lewis, left Kelci Devine Lewis alone with five children overnight as she partied with a friend at a night club on Oct. 11. The 26-year-old found her only child unresponsive at a Birmingham home the following morning.
The murder charge was announced against the boy Tuesday, AL.com reported, making him the youngest such suspect in Jefferson County in recent memory.
The boy will not be identified by authorities.
“There are just too many deep rooted issues in this horrific crime,” Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper told AL.com. “It’s extremely troubling from so many different angles and there are no law enforcement answers to prevent it.”
A 6-year-old girl, who was in the home when Kelci died, told investigators her brother beat the toddler because she kept crying and put her back in a crib.
Kelci had blunt force trauma to the head and internal injuries consistent with what the child witnessed, according to Fox 10.
The victim’s mother has been charged with manslaughter for leaving her daughter alone with the kids, who are aged 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, police said.
Lewis and her daughter, who were temporarily staying at the home where Kelci died, had been waiting for Section 8 housing, relatives told AL.com.