Clewiston woman admits to killing 6-month-old son

Author: WSPA (CBS)
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Vernita Lashon Jones.

The body of a 6-month-old baby boy was found at a landfill in Greenville County, South Carolina, and his mother was arrested for his death.

Vernita Lashon Jones, 25, of Clewiston has been arrested for homicide by child abuse.

The baby has been identified as 6-month-old Anthony Frost.

The discovery was made around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Crews spent hours Wednesday searching for the infant’s remains at Twin Chimney Landfill in Honea Path. The search resumed Thursday morning.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is assisting Johnston Police Department in its investigation after police received a tip that a mother had dumped a baby’s body.

Jones admitted to law enforcement she suffocated her child on or about Saturday, Nov. 24 in Edgefield County, according to an arrest warrant.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said Jones is the baby’s mother.

Berry said the investigation began over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That’s when Johnston police received information that the child’s body had been put in a dumpster. Investigators think the body was transported to the landfill by a garbage collection agency from Edgefield County.

Jones is in the Edgefield County Detention Center.

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