BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has dismissed a reckless manslaughter charge against a woman after police said her infant daughter was fatally beaten by a boy while she and a friend were at a club.
Jefferson County District Court Judge Shelly Watkins said in an order filed Thursday that probable cause doesn't exist to support the charge against 26-year-old Katerra Lewis.
Police have said Lewis and a friend left the 8-year-old boy to babysit five younger children while they went out in October. Authorities have said the boy beat Kelci Lewis to death when she wouldn't stop crying. His case is being handled in juvenile court.
Attorney Emory Anthony says Lewis wasn't involved in the infant's death. A phone call and an email to the district attorney's office weren't immediately returned.