The Unsolved Death Of Adrianna Hutto (2007) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
Adrianna Hutto lived in Esther, Florida with her mother, Amanda Lewis, and her younger half brother A.J Hutto. Adrianna was just 7 years old when she drowned in her pool in her back garden on the 8th of August in 2007.
Amanda described Adrianna as a very social, outgoing and friendly young girl. However, Amanda has also stated that Adrianna was a bit of an attention seeker. On the other hand, Amanda describes A.J as the complete opposite. Amanda says that A.J was very calm, quiet, and had no problem playing by himself. She also states that he was a lot easier to look after than Adrianna.
On the 8th of August, Amanda Lewis finished her nightshift where she worked as a nurse assistant and she came home in the morning to have a nap before she started the day. Amanda went to take her nap whilst the children were watching cartoons, but it was a very hot day and the children wanted to go outside and play. Amanda told them that they couldn’t, because she was going to go sleep and she never let the children go inside of the pool if she wasn’t around, and always kept the ladder to the pool locked away in the shed so that even if the kids tried to get inside of the pool, they couldn’t.
Before Amanda could take her nap, A.J ran back inside of the house and told Amanda that Adrianna was inside of the pool. At first, Amanda thought that A.J meant that Adrianna was by the pool, and so Adrianna told A.J to tell her to come back inside. When A.J left, Amanda began to wonder why it was taking A.J so long to get Adrianna back inside the house. Amanda went and looked outside and saw that A.J had his hands inside of the water and was trying to pull something or someone out of the water. Amanda ran to the pool and saw that Adrianna was face down and immediately called 911 after attempting CPR on her daughter. Sadly, at 5:05pm, Adrianna Hutto was pronounced dead.
It was assumed that Adrianna had tried to get inside of the pool by leaning on one of the sides, but without the ladder she had slipped and fallen into the pool accidentally. However, just hours later, A.J Hutto (who was 6 years old at the time of Adrianna’s death) told police that he wanted to tell them something privately. A.J said that his older sister had sprayed glass cleaner inside of the house which was something that she wasn’t allowed to do, so Amanda became furious. A.J watched as his mother repeatedly tried to dunk Adrianna in the water as Adrianna screamed for help.
Due to the fact that A.J was just telling his statement to regular police officers and not child specialists who were trained to get witness statements out of children, A.J had to repeat his statement to child specialists and this was when A.J continuously chanted his story. At one point, he said that he didn’t even see Adrianna being dunked. Later, however, he said that his mother had put her hand on Adrianna’s face and sunk her into the water.
Despite the fact that A.J kept changing his story, an investigation was launched into Amanda Lewis. It was found that Amanda did not have a good relationship with her daughter due to the fact that Adrianna wet her bed at least once a week and this made Amanda very angry. Adrianna was also diagnosed with ADHD which made her quite hyperactive and hard to control for Amanda. Adrianna was even sent to a behavioral center for a whole week. Amanda also admitted that she had a short temper with her daughter.
When investigators searched Amanda’s home, things immediately did not seem right. One investigator reports being blown away by the smell of urine inside of the home and that it seemed as if the kids had been very much neglected. All of the rooms were messy, and none of the beds had any sheets or covers on them. Investigators also said that there were no toys anywhere to be found, and that this gave them an insight into how Amanda had been treating her children. Amanda claims that she had taken away her children’s toys and put them in a shed in order to discipline them about cleaning their rooms, but when this shed was looked at there were still no toys to be found.
Another red flag was the way that Amanda was acting in the hospital room. The doctor reported saying that when she asked Amanda if she had any questions regarding her daughter’s condition, Amanda asked her where the vending machine was. When Adrianna was pronounced dead, Amanda didn’t seem to show any compassion or have any sort of reaction which again created suspicion. However, Amanda’s family told officials that Amanda was not the kind of person to show her emotions and kept everything bottled up inside.
Amanda’s family also told police something else that seemed to be vital to the case. Amanda’s family told authorities that Amanda’s stepfather, Chuck, told A.J alone for 30 minutes after the incident had happened and both were seen to be talking privately. Chuck claims that he asked AJ if he remembered that he had always told him to be honest and always tell the truth. A.J replied with saying that he remembered and that he would always tell the truth. This was when A.J told him that it was Amanda who had drowned Adrianna. Chuck immediately believed A.J, because he never liked the way that Amanda treated her children and said that he thought she was a terrible mother to both of them. Amanda believes that her stepfather manipulated A.J into lying to the police to frame Amanda. Chuck denies manipulating A.J.
When police began to dig deeper into Amanda’s life, they found that Amanda had been a mother before. When Amanda was just 17 years old, she gave birth to a baby boy named Alex. When he was just 1 and a half years old, Alex stopped breathing. Amanda left the room Alex was in for just a few minutes, and when she came back she found that he was not on the floor, not breathing, and not moving. Alex’s death was ruled as an unexpected seizure. However, after Amanda lost her second child, people began to wonder whether or not Alex’s death really was an accident or not.
A month later, due to the amount of evidence piled up on top of Amanda, Amanda was finally arrested for first degree murder. 6 months later, a trial was held to see whether or not Amanda could be released or not. A.J was again asked to testify and he continuously changed his story over and over again. The prosecutor counted 27 different statements that A.J gave to the court. However, this is understandable as he was only 7 years old and it had been 6 months after his sister’s death, something that he was trying to forget.
There was more evidence to believe that Adrianna’s death could not be ruled as an accident. For one, everyone close to the family stated that Adrianna had a very big fear of water. She was deathly afraid of drowning and would never go anywhere near water. Amanda said that on the day that Adrianna died, Adrianna wanted to go inside of the pool. The family said that this was unlikely because Adrianna was terrified of water. Furthermore, Amanda’s co-workers were brought to court as well and many of her co-workers stated that Amanda had told them that she wanted to kill her daughter because she was so mad at her.
The main evidence, however, came from the bruises that were found on Adrianna’s forehead. These bruises were consistent with A.J’s statements about how Amanda kept putting her hand on Adrianna’s face and dunking her inside of the water. Specialists were brought in and when they placed their hands on Adrianna’s face, they found that their hands lined up perfectly with the bruises on Adrianna’s forehead, confirming that these bruises had to be made by a hand. The marks on her forehead were said to look just like a handprint. All 18 emergency services workers were called in and asked if any of them had accidentally touched Adrianna’s face and made these marks when they were treating her, but all 18 of them denied. This confirmed that it had to be Amanda who had given Adrianna these marks. The jury found the verdict guilty, and Amanda Lewis will remain in prison for the rest of her life.
Which theory do I believe?
I 100% believe that Amanda Lewis killed her daughter, Adrianna Hutt. There’s no doubt in my mind that A.J Hutt was telling the truth, and it really impresses me that a child of 6 years old helped to solve this case and was brave enough to tell the police what he saw. I believe that Amanda clearly had anger issues, and that she got mad at Amanda for spraying glass cleaner all over the house, so Amanda lost her temper and drowned Adrianna because all she wanted to do was sleep and Adrianna kept making noise. I also believe that Amanda killed her son, Alex by suffocating him. It’s too much of a coincidence for me to believe that both her children died in accidents. I am glad that A.J Hutt was brave enough to tell the police what he saw, and I’m glad that Amanda Lewis will remain in prison for the rest of her life.
Bibliography & Credit: Neale, Eleanor, director. THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF ADRIANNA HUTTO - ACCIDENT OR MURDER? YouTube, YouTube, 19 Mar. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bYuLmynxY4.