A woman who may have been shot inside her home was found dead in Massachusetts Friday, and a 5-year-old boy she had been left with was found with “obvious signs of trauma,” state police said.
Police identified the deceased woman as 26-year-old Elijah Lewis. Police also identified the toddler, who was found dead Friday with obvious signs of trauma, as 5-year-old K’Nia A. Lewis.
Officers had responded to an assault report at a home on Somers Street in the surrounding community of Northampton at around 8 a.m. Friday. Northampton Police, Boston police and the Middlesex district attorney’s office responded.
Police said the body of a female was discovered in the home. Another woman was located outside the home, but she was not injured.
The mother of the dead woman, identified as the child’s grandmother, was arrested at the scene on charges related to the homicide, state police said. The grandmother, 26-year-old Sophia R. Bowles of Boston, was ordered held on $100,000 bail in the murder investigation.
State police said the investigation was ongoing and additional charges were possible.
Police said a firearm was located in the Somers Street residence, but the person responsible for carrying out the homicide was still at large. A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office told The Washington Post there is a male suspect in custody, but she declined to identify the person. She did say the male suspect is a city resident.
Police said it wasn’t clear when or how Elijah and K’Nia died, but they noted that signs of trauma suggested the “need for a thorough and complete investigation.”
In a statement, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said her office is “cooperating with officials from other law enforcement agencies and conducting its own independent investigation.”
“It would be premature to say whether or not the child was shot,” Ryan said in the statement. “To date, there have been no arrests in this case.”
This article was reported by The Washington Post’s Emily Birnbaum and Matt Zapotosky, with reporting from The Boston Globe’s Matt Pepin.