SLED: Body of baby killed in Edgefield County found at Greenville landfill, mother charged
A Florida woman was charged in Edgefield County on Wednesday in connection to the death of her infant son, whose body was discovered at a Greenville County landfill Thursday morning.
Vernita Lashon Jones, 25, of Clewiston, Florida, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to jail records.
The Johnston Police Department in Edgefield County contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to assist with a recent investigation involving a woman reportedly disposing her baby’s body in a garbage dumpster in Johnston over the weekend.
Investigators brought Jones into custody for questioning, where she admitted to “suffocating” 6-month-old Anthony Frost on Nov. 24, in Johnston, and then disposing of his body in the trash, according to the arrest warrant.
During Jones’ interview with police, she gave investigators information which led them to determine the victim’s body would likely end up at the Twin Chimney Landfill on Augusta Road in Honea Path in Greenville County, said Thom Berry, SLED spokesman.
Workers with the landfill also assisted police, narrowing down which garbage truck came to the area from Johnston, what time that specific truck arrived and where its contents were likely emptied within the landfill, Berry said.
Crews were able to focus their efforts on a small portion of the site, which was approximately 60 feet by 150 feet, and an excavation of the area was underway by Wednesday evening, he said.
Investigators thoroughly searched the site, finally locating and recovering an infant child’s body just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Berry said.
The Greenville County Coroner was called out to the scene after the body was located in order to officially identify the victim.
SLED agents then continued searching the landfill for more clues and possible evidence pertaining to the case on Thursday.
Jones was taken into custody at the Edgefield County detention center, where she continued to be held Thursday afternoon.
This case will be prosecuted by the 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.