Adrianna Hutto was a 7-year-old American girl that lived in Esto, Florida. During the investigation police discovered that Adrianna had been diagnosed with ADHD and Lewis stated that while she initially had trouble bonding with her daughter, her affection for Adrianna had grown over time. Investigators also found that neither Adrianna or A.J. appeared to have any toys in the house, to which Lewis stated that the toys had been taken away for a week as a form of punishment and that the toys were stored in a shed. After searching the shed, investigators noted that there were no toys in the shed or any evidence to suggest that they had been there. Dr. Renee Fox, the emergency room physician that had handled Adrianna’s medical care, informed investigators that Lewis had not shown any emotion or reaction when informed that her daughter had died, which she had found odd. Lewis was submitted to and passed a lie detector test where she claimed that she had not killed her daughter. In September 2007 Lewis was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Adrianna Hutto. She was offered a plea bargain that would have required her to plead guilty to manslaughter and receive a ten year sentence, which she declined in favor of going to trial.
Lewis went to trial in February 2008, where the statements by A. J. and Dr. Fox were brought up as evidence and the defense argued that A. J. was not a reliable witness, as his story had changed several times during further questioning. Other evidence brought to trial included an autopsy performed by Dr. Charles Siebert, statements from Lewis’s co-workers, evidence of poor housekeeping, and the lack of toys, including Lewis’s statement over the toys’ whereabouts. The prosecution also pointed out multiple bruises on Adrianna’s forehead that correlated with A. J.’s testimony. Four days after the case went to trial and after only two hours (including lunch) of deliberation, the jury found Lewis guilty of first-degree murder. In March of the same year Lewis was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- September, 16, 1999
- August, 08, 2007
- Esto, Florida
Cause of Death