Warrants: Man severely beat, killed infant girl; mother helped bury baby in woods
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) —
Warrants against two people charged in a baby's death detail what happened between them and a 9-month-old baby named Aaliyana McCoy.
Ladasha Keyana Harriett, 19, and Daquan Jamal Simmons, 22, are both charged with homicide by child abuse, according to police.
In an affidavit attached to a warrant for Harriett, it states that Harriett "placed the infant at substantial risk by allowing the co-defendant to severely beat the infant child without interfering and not summoning help or seeing medical attention."
On Sept. 22, Myrtle Beach detectives talked with Harriett, according to an affidavit, and she said that on July 15, 2017, at the home on 3rd Avenue South, Simmons "severely beat her infant female and that beating resulted in death. Then Simmons disposed of the baby at an unknown location."
On Sept. 23, during a post Miranda interview, an affidavit states that Harriett told police she witnessed her baby die in their apartment, placed her in a car seat and allowed Simmons to leave the apartment with the dead child.
Harriett added to police that on July 16, she and Simmons traveled to the location and retrieved the dead child from where she was originally left by Simmons. according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states that Simmons and Harriet then, after purchasing a shovel, buried the baby in the ground in a wooded area.
Police say the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Special Victim's Unit is assisting with the investigation.
Police say if anyone has information concerning this investigation, they ask that you contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382.