BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The 8-year-old accused in the death of Kelci Lewis “is not and will not be charged as an adult,” a press release from the District Attorney’s office states.
According to the release, minors in Alabama are “never charged with a criminal offense, but is charged with being a juvenile delinquent.”
ORIGINAL: Birmingham police have arrested and charged two suspects for the death of one-year-old Kelci Lewis that occurred on October 11 in the 7100 Block of 2nd Ave S.
Police learned that the one-year-old was left at home with children ranging from two to 8 years old and no adult supervision. The mother of the one-year-old 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 one-year-old because the baby wouldn’t stop crying. The baby suffered head trauma and internal organ damage, which lead to her death.
The suspects have been identified as Katerra Lewis, 26, and an 8-year-old boy, both of Birmingham. Katerra Lewis was taken to the Jefferson County Jail, but posted her $15,000 bond. The 8-year-old suspect is currently in custody of DHR.
Lewis is set to appear in court on Nov. 30 at 9:00 a.m.