Amanda Lewis murdered her seven year old daughter, Adrianna Hutto after she sprayed window cleaner over the TV in the living room.
At first, Amanda claimed her daughter had been cleaning bugs out of the pool when she slipped, fell in and drowned, her younger brother AJ, desperately had tried to save her but couldn’t and screamed for help.
Amanda, said she raced over and found her daughter Adrianna floating face down and hauled her out.
But less than an hour later, Amanda’s six year old son AJ started to tell a more sinister story – a story that would lead to a murder trial in which he was key witness against his mother.
AJ started to tell them that he had seen his mother drown Adrianna in the pool, using her hand to cover her face and push her underwater.
Brenda and Charles relayed this to the local Sheriff’s Department and they took AJ to be interviewed, all while Adrianna was still alive in hospital.
AJ told police:
“Mama dunked my sister. She done some stuff that she ain’t supposed to so my momma got mad, so she throwed her in the pool.”
His mother, he said, repeatedly dunked Adrianna, drowning her. He even showed police how his mum had held her hand over his sister to stop her screams.
That afternoon Adrianna died in hospital in nearby Panama City. Cops later noticed the children’s bedroom was squalid and had a strong stench of urine.
A month after her daughter’s death, Amanda was charged with murder. A post-mortem examination revealed a bruise over Adrianna’s face was the shape of a handprint.
The doctor who tried to save Adrianna said Amanda was emotionless when she had heard her daughter had passed away. Amanda’s colleagues revealed she had talked about killing her daughter.
Following a four-day trial the jury found Amanda guilty of murder and she was sentenced to life without parole.