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Mother continues justice trek for slain daughter

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Jamie Mercer: "I think it's incredibly wrong that Wesley gets to walk away without any repercussions at all." Jamie Mercer: "I think it's incredibly wrong that Wesley gets to walk away without any repercussions at all."
Anna Celeste Lowe (Source: Jaime Mercer (mother's) Facebook page) Anna Celeste Lowe (Source: Jaime Mercer (mother's) Facebook page)
Wesley and Catherine Lowe (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) Wesley and Catherine Lowe (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

Five-year-old Celeste Lowe from Bossier City was killed back in 2011. Her stepmother, Catherine Lowe, has already been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in jail. But Celeste's biological mother, Jamie Mercer, says she's not finished fighting for justice.

"I think it's incredibly wrong that Wesley gets to walk away without any repercussions at all," said Mercer during a phone interview. Wesley Lowe, Celeste's father, originally faced a charge of negligent homicide. But that charge was recently dropped.

This online petition that demands Wesley be prosecuted has been signed by 3000 people and emailed to the Bossier DA's Office.

Mercer didn't create the petition. She says a friend created it a few weeks ago and got an overwhelming response. Mercer says the petition is asking the Bossier DA's Office to reconsider.

Celeste died in January of 2011 from internal bleeding caused by severe trauma.

Investigators believe she'd been dead at least two hours before being taken to the hospital.

Mercer says, even though Wesley wasn't there when Celeste was killed, he had a responsibility to keep his daughter safe. And she's critical of DA Schuyler Marvin for not prosecuting him.

"To me it's just laziness on your part to not want to push a few extra papers to make sure that he is held accountable," said Mercer.

Mercer knows the signatures have no legal power, but she hopes that they prompt Marvin to think about his decision.

Mercer has filed a civil lawsuit and says Wesley is named in that lawsuit.  

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