Police: woman posed as DCS worker to lure, kill Indiana mom

(WFLD) It was calm on the rainy Sunday afternoon in Gary, Indiana, just 48 hours after terror in the neighborhood.

Two days earlier, a home in the 1900 block of Cleveland Street was a crime scene. 23-year-old Samantha Fleming was found stabbed to death with her 3-week-old inside the home.

Investigators say a woman posing as a Department of Child Services employee is responsible.

Police say it started a few days before. They say the suspect posed as a DCS investigator when she showed up at Fleming's front door in the city of Anderson, near Indianapolis. The suspect reportedly called Fleming's mother and identified herself as a DCS employee.

According to WFLD in Chicago, police said Fleming gave names of real DCS workers and implied she was familiar with Fleming's case history.

On Friday, Fleming's body was found inside the home in Gary, along with her daughter, Serenity, who was safe.

Howard Brown lived in the neighborhood his entire life. He told FOX 32 two sisters lived in the home.

"I know it was two sisters living there initially," said Brown.

When police arrived, they spoke with the sister of the suspect. She said Serenity was with her sister's child and that her sister was out of town, in Texas for the week. She then complained to investigators about a foul odor in the home. Police say Fleming's body was found wrapped in plastic and hidden in a storage bin.

"It's just kind of scary when things like that happen in your own neighborhood, in your own backyard," Brown said.

Brown also said he never noticed any red flags.

Officials say the suspect may have lured her to the home in order to steal the young baby.

No charges have been filed yet.

Read more from WFLD FOX 32 in Chicago.

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