A Chesterfield County mother inflicted "non-accidental" injuries on the body of her 11-month-old baby, resulting in the baby's death, according to an arrest warrant recently released.
Breanna Lewis, 19, was charged with murder after telling deputies two weeks ago that her baby, Harlee Lane Lewis, was abducted.
Officials say baby Harlee was found dead hidden inside a diaper box two hours after Breanna Lewis gave the fictitious report. The box was in a field about 1,000 yards from her home on Daisy Lewis Lane.
The arrest warrant revealed Breanna Lewis killed Harlee May 29 at their home on Daisy Lewis Lane.
Lewis claimed Harlee was stolen out of her arms on the side of Jackson Road in Chesterfield County that day.
Lewis was initially charged with filing a false police report and the day after the baby was found. She was later charged with improper disposal of human remains. Lewis was later charged with murder/homicide by child abuse.
Lewis waived her first court appearance Thursday morning.
She was expected to appear in court on Thursday but her court appearance and bond hearing were waived. The judge reminded the media that a gag order is in place in connection with the case.
Officials say in Lewis' initial story, she told deputies she was walking to her mailbox carrying her daughter when a man in a gold and tan SUV pulled up and jumped out of the vehicle. She had severe bruising on her face when deputies arrived and said the man then punched her several times in the head, took the baby and drove away.
According to deputies, she later admitted that she made the story up.
While deputies continued interviewing Breanna Lewis, Major Brianna Davis and another deputy began combing the woods surrounding Lewis’ house.
“I was already in the mindset of, that baby is here somewhere and it’s not going to be good,” Davis said.
Davis and the other deputy say they found tire tracks from a vehicle leading into the woods. She says the tire tracks stopped, and then they saw footprints. Tucked in briar, was a new-looking diaper box.
“There was a plastic bag inside a box, that could be a person or a doll,” Major Davis said.
When she got closer, she could tell it was not a doll in the diaper box.
“Just a baby sleeping, pretty little girl. Even in that scene it was still a pretty baby,” Davis said. “I put a glove on and touched to feel a pulse or a heartbeat, but there wasn’t one.”
Maci Hodges, a former girlfriend of Breanna Lewis, says she started dating Lewis in 2014. She says they broke up when Harlee was about 1 month old. When Harlee was first reported missing, Hodges says deputies interviewed her.
“I knew it wasn’t true, and I told them it wasn’t true,” Hodges said about Harlee being kidnapped.
"She’s evil... how can you put a baby in a trash bag and then in a diaper box?” Hodges asked. “I want justice to be served. Because that baby did not deserve to die that way. There’s so many people that want to have kids that can’t. I could have had that baby.”
Officials told WBTV that the autopsy on the little girl was complete, but the results have not been released.
A candlelight vigil was held for baby Harlee last week.
SLED and the FBI are assisting with the case.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office at 843-623-2101 or 911 immediately.
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