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Tacoma woman charged in murder of 3-year-old son

TACOMA, Wash. — A woman is facing murder charges after her 3-year-old son was found dead inside their Tacoma apartment on Sunday.

On Sunday at 7:35 p.m., Tacoma police officers were dispatched to a third-hand report of a child who was unresponsive and cold to the touch at an apartment.

Officers arrived at the Lodge at Madrona Apartments in the 3200 block of South Mason Avenue and were taken to the boy.

According to charging documents, police tried to revive the 3-year-old with CPR, but he died on the scene.

Detectives say the child had cuts, bruises and burn marks throughout his body. Even their face was discolored, bruised and had obvious burn marks.

Detectives also noticed several small marks on the child’s chest, which they believe came from a taser they found at the kitchen table.

Some parents in Tacoma still can’t believe what happened.

“Just to hear that, it’s pretty scary,” Sebastian said.

Ivey Marie Lewis, 25, was arrested at the apartment and booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of second-degree murder.

Lewis told investigators on the scene she found her son unresponsive, but he did have a small mark under his eye and an injury to his nose. She denied ever causing serious injury to them, yet the person who called 911 told police he witnessed Lewis hit her son with an electrical cord.

But police discovered a lot more. A one-year-old baby was found right by the victim’s body. When the baby was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s hospital, medical staff found meth in the baby’s system.

“It’s a community, you know. And we need to just try to curb the drug use as much as possible. But you know, this is just the world we live in, unfortunately. So yeah, it’s hard to gauge,” Sebastian said.

On Tuesday, she was charged with murder in the first and second degree. Her bond is set at $2 million.

Prosecutors believe Lewis will receive more charges in the coming days.