Missing baby's remains found; South Carolina couple arrested

Ladasha Harriett, left, and Daquan Simmons, right

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SOCASTEE, S.C. -- A South Carolina couple is under arrest after the remains of a baby missing since July were uncovered, reports CBS affiliate WBTW.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler told local media outlets the remains of 9-month-old Aaliyana McCoy were found Saturday in the Socastee area.  Fowler said he thinks the girl died around July 15.

The death is reportedly being investigated as a homicide. Her body has been sent to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to determine the cause of death.

Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby told local media outlets Sunday that Ladasha Harriett and Daquan Simmons were arrested on charges of homicide by child abuse. WBTW reports Harriett, 19, is the child's mother, and Simmons, 22, is her boyfriend.

The station reports that warrants released Monday by Myrtle Beach police allege Simmons beat the baby to death, and that Harriett didn't help the child and tried to cover up the death.

Harriett reportedly told police that she watched the 9-month-old die and placed the deceased baby in a car seat before Simmons left their apartment.

Warrants say the couple met the next day and buried the baby in a wooded area, the station reports.