BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl as a homicide.
Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards says investigators are trying to figure out exactly how the child, identified as Kelci Lewis, died. He said the coroner told them the child has bruises indicating she experienced some kind of trauma.
"Right now since we know the mother was home with relatives our investigators are beginning to start to interview the mom and bring in the relatives who were at the home," Lt. Edwards said.
He said there are a lot of questions surrounding what happened to Lewis. Edwards said it all began Sunday morning at the child's home in the 7100 block of 2nd Avenue South.
"The mom mentioned that she found the child did not wake up during the day," Lt. Edwards said. "So she went to check on the child."
Lt. Edwards said the mother told police she found Lewis unresponsive. Paramedics arrived and took the child to Children's of Alabama where she was pronounced dead. After being examined by the Jefferson County Coroner, her death was ruled a homicide.
"What we understand, based on the coroner, is there were bruises on the child that really indicated there might be some kind of trauma to the child," Lt. Edwards said.
Carolyn Turner is a neighbor and knows Lewis' grandmother.
"They have my deepest sympathy," Turner said.
She saw police and fire and rescue at the home Sunday. She said it breaks her heart to now know why first responders were there.
"I really truly want to know what happened to the baby," Turner said. "I'm just sad, that's all I can say, because I wouldn't want nothing to happen to my grandchildren."
No charges have been filed at this time.
Lt. Edwards said the mother and other relatives who live at the home are being questioned. He said more information may be released in the coming days.