An eight-year-old boy has been charged with beating a one-year-old girl to death in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
The boy killed the little Kelci Devine Lewis after her mother Katerra Lewis went to a nightclub, leaving the baby under the supervision of the boy. According to local media reports, there were six other children between the ages of two and eight but no adults at home.
When left alone the 8-year-old allegedly attacked the girl because the baby wouldn’t stop crying. Kelci suffered head trauma and internal injuries, which led to her death. The girl’s mother found her lifeless body in a crib only the following morning.
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. I think her punishment is going to be something she’ll have to live with the rest of her life, her actions that night, choosing the club over taking care of her 1-year-old.”
The boy has not been identified and will be tried in juvenile court. Katerra Lewis has also been charged with manslaughter but released on a $15,000 bond. A memorial for Kelci was held late last month at a Birmingham park, where friends and family lit candles and released balloons in the girl’s memory.