Baby found dead inside diaper box, mother charged with improper disposal of human remains

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — The body of an 11-month-old girl whose disappearance prompted an Amber Alert has been found dead in a diaper box, her mother is reportedly in custody. 

According to WSOC, the mother, 19-year-old Breanna Lewis, had initially told officials that she was walking to her mailbox carrying her daughter when a man violently stole the baby out of her arms. The baby, Harlee Lane Lewis, was found dead a few hours later.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the body was found inside a plastic bag, inside a diaper box in a field about 1,000 yards behind her home in Chesterfield, South Carolina.

Brooks says the Amber Alert was canceled “because we don’t think there was a kidnapping.” 

The mother was arrested and charged with filing a false police report and improper disposal of human remains according to WCNC. She remains in custody at the Chesterfield County Detention Center. Forensics are searching Lewis' home. Additional charges are pending following the autopsy report, which is scheduled to be performed Wednesday.

As for Lewis' pending charges, Brooks said: "It may be wrongful disposal of body, maybe not reporting child death, maybe murder, not sure."

The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, the FBI and SLED are investigating the case.

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