EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A Florida woman has been arrested and charged in Edgefield County in connection with the death of her infant son. Vernita Lashon Jones, 25 years old of Clewiston, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 28 and charged with homicide by child abuse. Her arrest was the result of a SLED investigation at the request of the Johnston Police Department. Her son, 6-month-old Anthony Frost, has been missing, and SLED investigators believe they found his body Thursday afternoon in the Twin Chimneys Landfill in Greenville County.
According to Johnston Police, concerned friends and neighbors called after the Jones could not tell them where the baby was. Through questioning, Jones gave Johnston PD multiple stories about the baby’s whereabouts. That’s when Johnston called SLED for help with the case.
The arrest warrant from SLED says that Jones admitted to smothering and suffocating the child. Authorities believe she dumped his body in a dumpster in Johnston, and that when that dumpster was emptied, the contents were then taken to the Greenville County Landfill. Johnston Police explained that trash from that part of Johnston goes to the Twin Chimneys Landfill because the local landfill does not accept front end loading dump trucks. This is still an ongoing investigation. Thom Berry, investigator with SLED, said, “We’re having multiple conversations and interviews with the mother and individuals who know this woman to try to put together a timeline of what happened, how it happened, when it happened.”
Neighbors of Jones in Edgefield County are broken up over the loss of the child. Gracie Campbell said, “I feel so bad. I feel so hurt about it. It really hurt my soul so much.” Multiple neighbors said the hardest part is knowing that the boy had his whole life ahead of him. Campbell added, “When they found the baby in that landfill, that really broke my heart. That little baby did not deserve that.” Campbell and other neighbors said they are glad a body was found, so the infant can finally lay to rest.
The body is currently at the Greenville County Coroner’s Office for autopsy, where they are working to confirm that the body is in fact Anthony Frost’s. Jones is booked at the Edgefield County Detention Center.
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