Woman Sentenced 50 Years for Killing Daughter


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A Fort Worth woman who killed her 4-year-old daughter was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday, according to a news release.

Krystal Judy Lewandowski, 36, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for slitting her daughter’s throat, according to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

Lewandowski pleaded guilty on Thursday and was sentenced.

Originally, Lewandowski had reported her daughter Czara missing in August 2020.

Officers had responded to Lewandowski’s residence on the 2100 block of Hurley Avenue on August 23 after she called the police to report her daughter missing.

Lewandowski called 911 and told dispatch that she last saw her daughter in the backyard.

She then changed her story and told the 911 dispatch that she had killed her daughter, giving details about how she killed her and where the body was.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located the 4-year-old’s body. Czara had been wrapped up and stuffed in a trash can, according to the release.

According to media reports from the Dallas Morning News, the little girl had been stuffed beneath two other trash bags.

People took to social media to voice their opinions about the verdict.

One user named Lisa Silvia posted to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Facebook page and asked why the death penalty was not sought.

“So why didn’t you seek the death penalty like you’re proposing for the FedEx guy? Being killed by your own mother is FAR worse than a stranger,” Silvia said.

Silvia was referring to the death of 7-year-old Athena Strand, who was abducted and killed by Tanner Horner, who was working for FedEx at the time.

Horner was indicted on aggravated kidnapping and faces the death penalty for killing Strand.

Another user named Susan McCaskill posted, “Good! Life without parole would have been better.”

Lewandowski’s trial took place in the 396th District Court before Judge George Gallagher.

Crime across the DFW Metroplex continues to rise. Violent crime in the City of Dallas has risen 6% year-to-date according to the Dallas Police Daily Crime Brief.

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