BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A vigil was held Tuesday night for 1-year-old Kelci Lewis. She was found unresponsive in her Birmingham home on Sunday. Police have ruled her death a homicide.
The coroner said the child died of massive trauma; her death has been ruled a homicide. The coroner said Kelci’s body was covered in “suspicious bruises.”
Kelci’s grandmother says the she was born premature and described the 1 year old as a miracle baby.
“She grew to be this happy adorable lovable cheerful talkative baby that everyone grew to love,” said Waynetta Callens.
The lovable baby was found unresponsive in her crib on Sunday. Tuesday night, family and friends remembered the child. Her mother, who was home at the time Kelci was found, wore one of the t-shirts remembering Kelci. She was born in 2014 and taken too soon.
“Words cannot express the way my daughter and myself feel along with the family,” said Callens.
Kelly Lewis, who led Tuesday’s vigil, has seen too many families like Kelci’s affected by sudden tragedies. He said too many homicides have plagued communities in Birmingham over the last few weeks.
“It creates a lot more defensive measures happening. You have a lot more people carrying guns now, a lot more people carrying sticks,” Lewis said.
In this instance, a family has been rocked by what they say was a horrible accident.
“We just ask God to give me the strength, give us the strength to make it day by day. That’s all we can do right now,” said Callens.
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