4-year-old found shot to death in car in DeKalb County, mother charged

Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 9:34 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 11:21 AM EDT
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) - The mother of a child who was found shot and killed in the backseat of a car on I-85 Sunday is now behind bars.

According to a DeKalb Police Department spokesperson, officers responded to I-85 north at North Druid Hills Road at 7:38 p.m. That’s where they found 4-year-old Kendal Lewis dead in the backseat of a car from an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators say it appears the child found a gun in the backseat and fired it, hitting herself.

Kendal’s mother, identified as 26-year-old Kaelin Lewis, is now at the DeKalb County Jail facing a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree.

Kaelin Lewis
Kaelin Lewis(DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

This remains an active investigation.