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Police search landfill for baby

PRICHARD (AP) — Police will return to a garbage landfill near Brewton on Monday in hopes of finding the body of a missing infant girl.

Geretha Tyese Lewis initially claimed she had given her month-old baby, Zarial Lewis Farris, up for adoption, but finally admitted she had placed the baby in a garbage bin in front of her Prichard home.

The 18-year-old Lewis was arrested Friday and charged with murder, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said. She’s being held in the Mobile County Metro Jail.

“After these days of frantically beginning searches for this child, we think we now know what’s happened to the child,” Tyson said.

Authorities said Lewis confessed Friday night just before taking a polygraph test.

Prichard Police Maj. Marvin Whitfield said the garbage was picked up in the Gulf Village neighborhood Tuesday, the day before police held a news conference and began an intensive search for the missing child.

Whitfield said recovering the baby’s body from the landfill in Escambia County will not be easy.

Investigators from the Prichard Police Department and the FBI searched the Allied Waste Services landfill on Saturday.

Whitfield said police plan to return Monday and try to isolate the area most likely to contain the body by looking through mail and other clues in the garbage.

Lewis, who has a court hearing Monday, also has a 14-month-old daughter, Ennisa Lewis Smith, now in the custody of the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Lewis’ mother, Jackie Lewis, defended her daughter.

“People are going to think what they are going to think, but she’s my daughter and I’m always going to love her,” she told the Press-Register for a story Sunday. “She’s not a monster.”

Jackie Lewis is working to take custody of Ennisa, and she said she will always keep a place in her heart for Zarial.

“I miss those 9 o’clock hollers,” she said. “She used to get to hollering every night at 9. From now on at 9 o’clock, I will be listening.”

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