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A Birmingham, Alabama grand jury charged Katerra Lewis, 27, with reckless manslaughter in the death of her 1-year-old daughter Kelci Lewis on Wednesday, according to CBS News.

Police claim Lewis and a friend left their five children at home while they went out to a local nightclub. The friend’s 8-year-old son, who was babysitting, allegedly beat Kelci when she started crying, then placed her back in the crib.

They found the child unresponsive the next morning.

The 8-year-old is currently in jail, and is charged with murder. His trial will be handled by the juvenile court system and the proceedings are confidential due to his age. His name has also not been revealed.

A Jefferson County District Judge previously dismissed a reckless manslaughter charge against Lewis in January, saying there was not enough evidence to support probable cause. However, the judge told prosecutors they could still bring the charges to a grand jury for indictment.

SOURCES: CBS News | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Getty


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