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Mother taken into custody after baby reported kidnapped in South Carolina found dead

Harlee Lane Lewis (WSOC)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — A 19-year-old mother has been taken into custody after a child who was the subject of an Amber Alert in Chesterfield County was found dead Tuesday afternoon, WSOC reports.

Deputies said the woman told them a man punched her and then ripped 11-month-old Harlee Lane Lewis from her arms as she walked out to her mailbox on Jackson Road East northeast Chesterfield at about 2 p.m. He then sped off in an SUV.

But Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said deputies searched the area and found the body of the infant in a plastic bag hidden inside a diaper box about 1,000 yards from the home.

Sheriff Brooks said the 19-year-old is the primary suspect in the case and he believes she made up the abduction story.

Read full story at WSOC.