Woman Sentenced to Life in Drowning Death of Her Daughter

A Holmes County woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her own daughter.

26-year-old Amanda Elaine Lewis of Esto was found guilty last month of intentionally drowning Adrianna Hutto.

The 7-year-old's body was found floating in an above-ground swimming pool behind the family’s home last August.

Lewis was arrested after a month long investigation.

She was originally charged with manslaughter and child abuse, but a grand jury upgraded the offense to murder.


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  • by beth Location: Idaho on Dec 3, 2010 at 11:35 PM
    I was so impressed with the Amanda Lewis case. I for one think she is not guilty. I would love to be able to reach out to her in prison and be a friend. How do I do this? Please help as my heart hurts for her, and her son who is obviously out of her life for a long time. Any help here?
  • by George Location: nowhere on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:50 PM
    There is a huge problem with this case. Yes, she was not mother of the year. However, in order to be prosecuted you must proved beyond a reasonable doubt.Her sons testimony is useless. He had so many inconsistencies. I hope my life would never be in the hands of the ignorant people that found her guilty.
  • by Tom Location: Holland, MI on Dec 3, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    I posted once but I just noticed something. Many of you say that he first child died of an "unknown" cause but that's not the case. According to Amanda, who could be lying, she left her baby on the couch, left the room for only a couple minutes, came back in, the child was on the floor not breathing. They conducted an autopsy and concluded the child died due to a seizure related death. I just don't believe there was enough evidence to convict. If saying, "Ugggh, I'm gonna kill her", means that a person is actually going to kill their child, we'd have A LOT of murders in this country....and probably the world. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've said that about my son a few times. I've said it more out of frustration than out of anger and none of the jury members, none of the police or the prosecutor were there to hear the context in which this statement was said. I hope that she has a good appeal attorney. There really should be plenty of reasons to have the verdict overturned.
  • by Tom Location: Holland, MI on Dec 3, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    This "guilty" verdict only proves what I've said for years, "innocent until proven guilty is only a good idea." Many people have the idea that the police and prosecutors, who 'always seek the truth'....(God, I almost choked even WRITING that), wouldn't go through all this if the individual wasn't guilty, therefore, the defense must prove innocence. Amanda's son changed his story a number of times, which isn't his fault. He's 6yrs old and developmentally disabled. AJ's step-grandfather, who HATED Amanda, was the first to speak to AJ after the drowning. I believe whole heartedly this man made suggestions to AJ to get him to say what he needed him to say. Also, I sure do LOVE it when police swear by polygraph tests UNTIL it goes against them. Amanda passed the polygraph that she took before being arrested but that meant nothing to police. I'm not saying that Amanda didn't kill her daughter but I am saying that there just wasn't enough evidence to convict her.
  • by Audrey Location: Minneapolis MN on Oct 24, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    Agree with one viewer about son seeing mother's arm reaching in pool to drown girl, was in realty the mother reaching in pool to grab and pull daughter to safety. She was not a great mother, but she was also not a murderer. Possible son's story made up to save himself. Maybe he saw his sister standing in the wagon, and he playfully pushed her into the pool where she drowned. Made up story so he wouldn't get punished. Not guilty.
  • by susan Location: ct. on Oct 20, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    saw most of the court on tv including aj. on the stand there is no way I could have given her life she is innocent
  • by jeff Location: redondo beach on Oct 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    this woman is so guilty, she so got what she deserved.....thankfully. now she won't be able to kill anymore of her kids or someone elses for that matter. it took this jury less than 2 hours to come to the verdict...that's how obvious this is. what a fantastic jury....thankfully there was no one on it that wanted to vote not guilty simply because they didn't want to beleive that a "mother could do this type of thing"....beleive it or not many morons actually think that way and can't be busted out of their bubble of denial...i just find that unbeleivable but thankfully that wasn't the case in this trial and she's enjoying her luxurious prison cell.... jeff
  • by Lisa Location: Arkansas on May 7, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    Remember the little boy told the grandmother right after the accident that his mother did this! Nobody even suspected her and I believe she is guilty. My children have imaginations but would never say I did anything like that he is telling the truth bless his little heart. She's going where she needs to be PRISON!
  • by Penny Location: Mpls on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:23 PM
    This has been a tough case. We want to believe everything little people tell us, only problem is, they tell us horses are pink sometimes. Things to think about: -No reliable witnesses. -A.J. is too young to rely upon for life & death. -He said Adrienne was in trouble for spraying air freshener, but that actually happened before that day. -Adrienne would have fought, where are the bruises on her mother? Contrary to that, -Amanda's 1st son died, ruled as a seizure disorder. -She was questioned for arson in a prior relationship. -Her children were not fed that day, and slept in beds that reaked of urine. -She was laundering towels. -She had a difficult history with her daughter. -She had NO history of abuse. At best, it's a tie. That equals reasonable doubt folks. You have just imprisoned a woman who could just as easily be innocent. Shame on y'all.
  • by carolyn Location: alabama on Apr 7, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    the boy has already lost a mother a a sister if he is old enough to testify in court then he is old enough to know where he wants to live ask him if he wants his grandma to raise him and what about his father does anyone know anything about him.
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