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Eight-Year-Old Charged With Murder in Beating Death of 1-Year-Old

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 12:17 PM

An eight-year-old has been charged with the murder of a 1-year-old in Alabama in a crime that reportedly occurred while the victim's mother was out at a nightclub last month.

The victim's mother, Katerra Lewis, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 11 death, which occurred in her home, Birmingham police told WVTM-TV. The 1-year old was identified as Kelci Lewis.

Katerra Lewis reportedly left her daughter at home in the care of several children, ranging in ages from two to eight. Police believe the eight-year-old suspect attacked the child because she would not stop crying, according to the television station.

"This is one of the most heartbreaking investigations that I have seen in over 30 years of my law enforcement career,'' Birmingham police chief A.C. Roper told AL.com. "There are just too many deep rooted issues in this horrific crime. It's extremely troubling from so many different angles and there are no law enforcement answers to prevent it."

"We've been concerned about the kids and the future effect on their lives. The bottom line is an innocent young baby lost her life and that should be a wake-up call for our community," Roper continued.

Kelci Lewis was found unresponsive in her crib at 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 12. She was taken to a Birmingham hospital where she pronounced dead at 11:07 a.m., according to AL.com.

Authorities told WVTM-TV that Kelci Lewis suffered severe head trauma and major organ damage. The eight-year-old suspect is now in the custody of the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Police told AL.com that they believe the eight-year-old beat the toddler and then returned her back to her crib. Katerra Lewis and another adult friend did not return home until 2 a.m. on Oct. 12, stated the website. A 6-year-old was interviewed by police about what happened at the house.

"The young witness was so clear about the details and the details kind of matched up with the bruises on the kid so we think that the details that the young kid shared with the investigator were accurate," Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards said to WVTM-TV.

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