Court hearing set for Chesterfield County woman charged in her baby's death

Court hearing set for Chesterfield County woman charged in her baby's death
(Source: SC Law Enforcement Division)
(Source: WMBF News)
(Source: WMBF News)
Courtesy of friends of the Lewis family
Courtesy of friends of the Lewis family
Courtesy of friends of the Lewis family
Courtesy of friends of the Lewis family

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - A Chesterfield County mother charged with the murder of her 11-month-old baby girl will face a judge in less than two weeks.

According to WMBF, Breanna Lewis will have a court hearing on July 18. Lewis initially told officials that her daughter, 11-month-old,Harlee Lane Lewis, was stolen out of her arms on the side of Jackson Road in Chesterfield County on May 29.

Harlee was found two hours wrapped in a garbage bag and "hidden inside a diaper box" in a field about 1,000 yards from her home on Daisy Lewis Lane, officials say.

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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. The 19-year-old Lewis is accused of lying to police, claiming her daughter was kidnapped by a stranger.

Lewis is charged with homicide by child abuse, improper disposal of human remains and lying to police.

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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."

There is no word on how the baby may have died.

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 in June.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says investigators removed the child's crib, bed sheets and clothes from the house on Daisy Lewis Lane last week. He says the evidence will be tested by SLED.

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A gag order has been issued in the case. Lewis previously waived her right to appear at a bond hearing in a Chesterfield County court on June 14.

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