CHESTERFIELD, SC – The mother of an eleven-month-old baby, found dead in a diaper box near her home in South Carolina, was accused of lying to the police and mistreating a body. Detective officers continue to interview Breanna Lewis and her family and further charges are possible, Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said Wednesday. The authorities said the 19-year-old mother had originally reported that the child had been abducted.
"This is just a sad case around," said Brooks, who called Lewis the "prime suspect" at the death of her daughter.
Lewis called the deputies on Tuesday, saying she was being attacked and that her baby, Harlee, was being stolen from her arm by a man wearing a black coat, a sled, and a glove, the sheriff said. Brooks added that the mother told them that the kidnapping took place when she wanted to pick up the post on Tuesday afternoon.
Lewis's face was bruised and her story seemed to be in the beginning, so an Amber Alert was issued, Brooks said. But not long after, MPs searching for a field near Lewis's house found the baby's body in a diaper box, according to authorities.
An autopsy was performed on the child's body, but Chesterfield County coroner Kip Kiser said he was still under investigation
Lewis is accused of having filed a false police report for lying about an attack, in addition to the allegation of unlawful disposal of human remains, Brooks said. He added that further charges were possible.
Prison officials said they did not know if she had a lawyer. She was waiting for a bond hearing.