CHESTERFIELD, S. C. – The mother of an 11-month-old baby found dead in a diaper box near her South Carolina home is charged with lying to the police and it is wrong to remove a body, authorities said Wednesday.
Detectives continue to interview Breanna Lewis and her family and more charges are possible, the Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said Wednesday. Authorities say the 19-year-old mother had initially reported the child was kidnapped.
“This is just a sad case all around,” said Brooks, who called Lewis the “primary suspect” in the death of her daughter.
Lewis called deputies Tuesday to say that she was attacked and that of her baby, Harlee, was stolen from her arms by a man with a black coat, a toboggan and a glove, according to the sheriff. Brooks added that the mother told them the abduction happened when she went to the e-mail Tuesday afternoon.
Lewis’ face was swollen and her story initially seemed to check out, so an Amber Alert was issued, says sara. But not long after, deputies searching a field near Lewis’ home found the body of the baby in a diaper box, according to the authorities.
An autopsy was performed on the baby’s body Wednesday, but Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser said he is still investigating and is not releasing the results yet.
Lewis is charged with filing a false declaration for lying about an attack, in addition to the costs of improper disposal of human remains, says sara. He added that more charges are possible.
Prison officials said they did not know whether she has a lawyer. She was awaiting a bond hearing.