Seven Year Old, little boy A.J. Hutto, Testified against his mother for killing his older sister. An almost inconsolable little boy sat in front of his mother with tears rolling down his face as he recalled her forcing his sister to drown.
Adrianna Elaine Hutto was a 7-year-old American girl who lived in Esto, Florida. On August 8, 2007, Adrianna's mother, Amanda E. Lewis, made a 911 call stating that she had found her daughter in the family's pool and she was not breathing.
Emergency personnel rushed Adrianna to the nearby hospital Bay Medical, where she was pronounced dead about an hour after arrival. The death was initially treated as an accident until Adrianna's half-brother A.J., then 7 years old, told police that he had witnessed his mother "dunk" Adrianna in the pool as a form of corporal punishment.
The mother, Amanda, pleaded with authorities that her daughter was trying to clean bugs out of the pool and she fell in. The mom did not hear her struggling, but found her in the pool.
When the young boy was describing the scene, he stated that his mother "had her hand on Adrianna's face while holding her underwater." As he continued, he stated, "Adrianna screamed for him to call the police." At the same time, his mother was yelling at him to get in the house.
In that September of 2007, Amanda Lewis was arrested for the murder of her daughter. After declining a plea bargain that would give her 10 years in prison, she decided to go to trial. It is stated that A.j. went to child therapists to see what more he knows. While the therapist was speaking to him, he was drawing a picture. The picture was used in court against his mother. It was a small sketch of his back yard. A person in the pool and the person outside of the pool having their hand on the other's face, forcing them in the water. He said it was his mom and sister. He wrote next to his mom's figure, "She did too bad."
The prosecution did use her young son as a key witness. He was the only witness to the crime and since that fateful day, he has pointed the finger at his mother. Without his testimony, the crime would be written off as accidental drowning and there would be no justice for young Adrianna.
Adrianna was diagnosed with ADHD. Amanda did have a hard time with her and had a hard time creating the bond that should have been between them. A.j stated that his mother would often be harder on his sister than she would be on him.
In court, A.j sat on the witness stand in front of his mother. He explained in the picture that his mom had her hand on his sister's face and dunking her underwater. The prosecutor asked if he knew where his mother was. He never noticed she was right in front of him. When he realized she was there, He broke down crying on the stand.
Amanda believes that her son is a victim of being coerced to say his testimony. and was coached on the story. She claims her innocence even today.
Little Boy A.j. was adopted and now he is 17 years old all grown-up boy. However, Amanda will spend the rest of her days in the Florida Department of Corrections.