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Police: Dept. of Social Services initiated investigation into baby later found dead

Ladasha Harriett and Daquan Jamal Simmons (MBPD / WPDE background)

Police reports show that the S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for initiating the investigation into a missing baby who was found dead Sunday.

According to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report, officers received a complaint around 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2017 from DSS in reference to a possible missing person.

Responding officers met with the grandmother who said she spoke with Ladasha Harriett.

According to the grandmother, the last time she saw the child, who is only identified on the report as "Victim 2," was on June 2.

The last time the grandmother reported having seen Harriett was on Sept. 14 before leaving for work, the report states.

Since that time, the grandmother said she had been unable to make contact with either Harriett or the child, police said.

The report shows that Harriett and the child were entered into NCIC as missing on Sept. 20.

Harriett is one of two people charged in the death of a 9-month-old baby named Aaliyana McCoy.

On Thursday, officials served a search warrant on 3rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach they say related to the case.

On Sunday, Harriett and Daquan Jamal Simmons, 22, were both booked into Horry County Detention Center.

Soon thereafter, police announced that Harriett and Simmons were both being charged with homicide by child abuse.

Police have posted to Facebook that Simmons is Harriett's boyfriend.

Neighbors of the couple said they had not seen McCoy since July.

Harriet and Simmons appeared before a judge for a bond hearing at 3 p.m. on Sunday. No bond was set for either of them.

Monday morning, the Horry County Coroner's Office confirmed the identity of the remains.

Warrants released by police show that McCoy was beaten to death and then buried by the couple.

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