CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. - A Chesterfield County woman charged with murder after her 11-month-old daughter was found dead inside a box last month waived her bond hearing Thursday.
Nineteen-year-old Breanna Lewis is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of her daughter, Harlee Lane Lewis. Lewis remained in jail Thursday, never stepping foot into the courtroom.
Channel 9 got a hold of the arrest warrant for Lewis and while it does not list a cause of death for the child, it does say Breanna "inflicted injuries about the body of her 11-month-old daughter that were non-accidental."
Harlee was found dead May 29 after investigators said Lewis falsely reported the girl had been abducted.
That story set off an Amber Alert until deputies found a diaper box near Lewis’ home. Deputies said the child’s body was found inside the box, wrapped in a plastic bag.
On a quiet corner, surrounded by farm land, sits a small family cemetery. Outside the fence is a colorful memorial to Harlee that continues to grow. Some neighbors drive past it every day.
"I thought it was real, real good of people thinking so much of the child, that they would show their love, for this baby," neighbor Peggy Davis said.
Investigators still haven’t said exactly how the girl died. The arrest warrant says the murder charge was added because of physical evidence and pathological findings.
Channel 9 contacted the coroner’s office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, but they said they could not release a cause of death because of the gag order.
Lewis was originally charged with filing a false police report and improper disposal of human remains.
There was no word on when another bond hearing could be scheduled and the judge reminded everyone in court that there is a gag order in place so nobody can comment on the case.
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