Baby’s body found in Upstate landfill, mother charged

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GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — The body of a 6-month-old was found at a landfill in Greenville County and his mother is charged in his death. 

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. 

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

Vernita Lashon Jones, 25, of Clewiston, Fla. has been charged with homicide by child abuse.

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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