2. Unnamed Eight-Year-Old Boy
On the evening of October 10, 2015, 26-year-old Katerra Lewis and her roommate, a mother of five, decided to go to a nightclub. Katerra left her one-year-old daughter, Kelci, in the care of her roommate’s children, who ranged in age from two to eight years old.
When little Kelci wouldn’t stop crying, one of the children, an unnamed eight-year-old boy, severely beat Kelci. Then he placed the baby in her crib and left the room. When the mothers returned home around 2:00 AM, they went to bed without checking on the children.
The next morning, Katerra found Kelci unresponsive in her crib. Due to severe head trauma and internal organ damage, her death was quickly ruled a homicide. Later, police stated that the death could have been averted if Katerra had checked on the baby when she got home.
Katerra was charged with manslaughter and is awaiting trial as of early 2016. The eight-year-old boy was charged with juvenile delinquency and will have his case heard in juvenile court. While the roommate has not been charged with a crime so far, her four other children were placed in the care of the state.