A sheriff in South Carolina says the 11-month-old girl whose disappearance prompted a brief Amber Alert has been found dead. Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says he now thinks there wasn’t a kidnapping at all, and the child’s mother has been named a prime suspect.
Brooks says the child, Harlee Lewis, was found dead around 4 p.m. yesterday in a diaper box in a field about 1,000 yards behind a home in Chesterfield. She had been reported missing by the mother about two hours earlier.
Brooks says Harlee’s mother, 19-year-old Breanna Lewis, initially reported someone attacked her and took the child from her arms as she checked the mail yesterday afternoon. She told deputies a man in an SUV pulled up, jumped out of his vehicle, attacked her, took her daughter and fled the scene. She reportedly described the suspect as a white man wearing a hat, coat and a single black glove. Lewis is charged with filing a false report and more charges are pending.
Brooks wouldn’t give details on what investigators really think happened, but he said, “We canceled the Amber Alert because we don’t think there was a kidnapping.”