CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The mother of a missing infant who was found dead inside a plastic container Tuesday afternoon has now been charged with 'improper disposal of human remains,' according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.
An autopsy of the 11-month-old girl has been completed, but results are unavailable at this time.
Deputies said around 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, the child's mother, Breanna Lewis, 19, said that she was walking to check her mailbox at her home in the 200 block of Daisy Lewis Ln. when a tan and gold colored SUV stopped in the middle of the road.
She claimed a white man about 6'2" wearing a black coat, toboggan and a black glove got out of the car, punched her in the head several times, grabbed her 11-month-old daughter, Harlee Lane Lewis, and sped away. Lewis said "she had never seen the suspect before."
An Amber Alert was issued just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, around the same time that the child's remains were found hidden inside a plastic bag in a plastic container about 1,000 yards from the home.
Investigators told FOX 46 that Lewis admitted that she made the story up about the abduction, but she would not tell investigators how the baby came to be in the plastic bin. Officials said she is the primary suspect in this case.
Lewis was charged with filing a false police report on Tuesday, and remains in custody while deputies work to learn how the baby died. She could face other charges after an autopsy is complete, as the cause of death is still unclear.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office at (843) 623-2101.