Chesterfield County, SC – An 11-month old baby girl who was the subject of a brief Amber Alert earlier on Tuesday has been found dead nearby where her mother reported she had been abducted.
Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks told The Associated Press he doesn’t believe that any kidnapping occurred, WSPA reported.
Harlee was found dead shortly after the start of an Amber alert, in a field about 1,000 yards behind a home in Chesterfield, Sheriff Brooks said.
Her body was hidden inside a diaper box, WSOC reported.
The sheriff said that the mother of baby Harlee Lewis initially claimed she’d been attacked as she was checking the mail on Tuesday afternoon.
The woman told deputies that she had walked out to check her mailbox on Jackson Road East in northeast Chesterfield at about 2 p.m. on May 29 when a tan and gold colored SUV stopped in the middle of the road next to her, WSOC reported.
The mother said a tall white male she’d never seen before, who was wearing a black coat, toboggan, and one black glove, got out of the SUV and punched her multiple times in the head.
She claimed that after he hit her, the man grabbed her 11-month-old daughter and fled in his vehicle, WSOC reported.
Sheriff Brooks told WSPA that a suspect was being questioned, but wouldn't elaborate about what investigators really think happened to the baby girl.
“We canceled the Amber Alert because we don't think there was a kidnapping,” he said.
The sheriff said they believed an extended relative of the child from Laurinburg might be involved in this incident, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was investigating, WPDE reported.
Baby Harlee's mother has been taken into custody.