An 8-year-old Alabama boy has been charged with murder after he allegedly beat a 1-year-old girl to death when she would not stop crying.
The NY Daily News reports, Katerra Lewis left her baby daughter, Kelci, alone with five other children while she went to party at a nightclub. The children, ages 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, and Lewis and her daughter had been staying at the home while they waited for housing.
According to police, the 6-year-old girl, who was present in the home, said the 8-year-old boy beat Kelci when she would not stop crying and then put her in the crib.
“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.”
The baby’s cause of death was severe head trauma and major internal organ damage, reports Fox 10.
While the 8-year-old is the youngest in recent memory to be brought up on murder charges, Lewis will also be facing manslaughter charges for her role in leaving her child alone at the house with five other underage children.