Katerra Lewis’ face will forever be linked with the utmost worst cases of bad parenting and neglect. The reason why it will be forever is her one-year-old daughter Kelcia Lewis is now dead after an eight-year-old boy was left to babysit four other children, ages 2, 4, 6, 7 and beat young Kelcia to death after she wouldn’t stop crying. The reason said for no adults being present is Lewis and the friend whose house she was staying at, decided it was best that they hit the club than leave their children with proper supervision.
Lewis has now been charged with manslaughter while the eight-year-old boy is now an accused murderer. For the love of all things holy, people!
“This is one of the most heartbreaking investigations that I have seen in over 30 years of my law enforcement career,” said Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper.
“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,” Roper said. “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.”
Kelci Devine Lewis, who turned 1 in May, was found unresponsive in her crib at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 12. Police were called to the home on Second Avenue South, and Kelci was taken to Children’s of Alabama where she was pronounced dead at 11:07 a.m.
Family members said 26-year-old Katerra Lewis and Kelci, her only child, didn’t live at the home where Kelci was killed. Grandmother Waynetta Callens said in an earlier interview that they were staying there temporarily with friends while Katerra Lewis waited for Section 8 housing of her own.
Edwards said Kelci was left alone that night in the home with five other children, ages 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8. Katerra Lewis, he said, had gone to a nightclub with a friend who was the person she was staying with.
“It is believed that while the mother and friend were at the club, the 8-year-old viciously attacked the 1-year-old because the 1-year-old would not stop crying,” Edwards said. “The 1-year-old suffered from severe head trauma as well as major internal organ damage which ultimately led to her death.”
Because of her alleged negligence, Katerra Lewis has now ruined the lives of several individuals who may never get a second chance in life. Her attorney Emory Anthony is saying his client is disputing the allegations but the proof may be in the pudding in this case.
Photo: Birmingham Police Department