Mom questioned after dead infant found

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By Don Worthington

Deputies from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office discovered the dead body of a 1-year-old child hidden in a diaper box about 1,000 feet from a home off Jackson Road East outside of Chesterfield on Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff Jay Brooks said the mother was taken into custody as a suspect in the child’s death, and she was being questioned at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The woman’s name was not immediately released, and she had not been charged as of press time.
The discovery of the body followed a report to authorities that the child had been kidnapped by a stranger.
According to the sheriff’s office, a 19-year-old woman reported she was walking to check her mailbox around 2 p.m. Tuesday when a tan and gold colored SUV stopped in the middle of the road.
She said a white male wearing a black coat, toboggan and one black glove got out of the vehicle and punched her multiple times in the head.
She said the man, whom she had never seen before, then grabbed her 1-year-old child and sped away in the SUV.
Deputies responding to the scene searched the area, finding the body of the infant inside the diaper box, the sheriff’s office said.
According to an Amber Alert issued at the time of the reported kidnapping, the child was Harlee Lane Lewis, 11 months old.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 623-2101. The State Law Enforcement Division and FBI are assisting with the investigation.