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Missing Anderson woman found dead, newborn safe

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — Police are still investigating after officers said a young mother of three was lured from her Anderson home by someone claiming to be a DCS worker.

Samantha Fleming was found dead in Gary on Friday.

“I lived here for 3 years prior and I work here and just to hear about it is, I mean its insane,” said Mindy Jones as she drove past Fleming’s W. Claire St. apartment. “You got to know who you’re answering your door to, you have to ask questions. I don’t trust anyone.”

Neighbors were shocked this could happen so close to home.

“I’m really surprised in north Anderson we think we’re a better part of the town,” said Maxine Veeter who lives next door to Fleming.

Fleming was found in a home in Gary on Friday. Police said her body was doused in bleach, wrapped in plastic and then stuffed in a plastic clothes hamper. The house is believed to be owned by the unnamed suspect.

“She [the suspect] was a good person. I never would’ve expected anything like this to happen,” said a man who didn’t want to be identified.

Police said the owner of the home set up a nursery in the house and told at least one neighbor and family members she was expecting twins. She later claimed one child died during delivery.

The suspect was admitted for depression treatment to a Texas hospital on April 11. She is now under the care of health professionals in Texas. No formal charges have been filed.

Fleming’s three week old daughter, Serenity, was also found at the house. She is safe and back with family.

“You just can’t trust anybody,” said Jones.

GoFundMe page has been created for donations. The page said that money raised will go toward funeral costs and the care of Samantha’s three children.

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