CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An arrest warrant revealed the 19-year-old South Carolina woman who concocted a story about her 11-month-old daughter being kidnapped caused the injuries that led to her daughter's death. This was revealed after the woman did not show up to her bond hearing on a murder charge Thursday.
Breanna Lewis waived her right to appear at a hearing in Chesterfield County after being formally charged with murder/homicide by child abuse in the death of her daughter, Harlee Lane Lewis. She also waived her right to the bond hearing at this time. The new charges were filed on June 8.
No date was set for the next bond hearing.
A signed arrest warrant on the murder charge details that Lewis "did commit the offense of homicide by child abuse by inflicting injuries about the body of her 11-month-old daughter that were non-accidental which resulted in her death." The warrant also says that the charges were based on "investigation, physical evidence, and pathological findings."
Harlee's autopsy has been completed and the results will not be released, officials said.
Lewis remains detained at the Chesterfield County Detention Center where she's been since her arrest. No bond had been posted on her previous charges.
A Columbia judge issued a gag order on this case, and the judge in Thursday's hearing reminded the media to not contact family members or those close to the case.
On May 29, Harlee was found dead in a diaper box in a plastic bag about 1,000 yards away from her home two hours after the initial report by two deputies, the sheriff said. Lewis confessed that she made up her original story of the assault and abduction. Her black eye was sustained from a car accident she was in prior to the incident.
Lewis told investigators that she blacked out and does so during traumatic events and doesn't remember or know how Harlee died.
She was originally charged with giving false information, and improper removal of human remains, and destroying DNA evidence. She was given a $71,000 bond on those charges, but it has not been posted yet.
SLED is also assisting in this investigation.
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