Kaelee’s aunt is in custody for the third time, but this time Kaelee’s granduncle, Gabriel Mejia, Sr. is also in custody.
Both persons, police say, have been detained for questioning as they continue their investigation into child’s death, which occurred two days before her second birthday. She was found dead in a bucket of water at her home on Mirage Road in Ladyville on Wednesday, September 5.
Both Kaelee’s father, Kevin Burgess, and mother, Dedra Pratt, have told the media that they suspect that their relatives know something about what led to their daughter’s death.
Pratt has gone on record to say that she only wants justice for her child, even if it means that one of her family members may be found to be the culprit and needs to be arrested and charged.
“I feel that it’s a cover-up for everybody; my family and the police and everything because we just get certain information saying that one of my family members has been involved with someone from the Police Department recently, so it’s like they are going lenient on my baby’s killer,” Pratt said in an interview with the local media.
At first, the child was believed to have drowned in the bucket of water from which her mother retrieved her. However, an autopsy report by police pathologist Dr. Mario Estrada Bran confirmed that the child was suffocated; obliging the police to begin a murder investigation.