Baby’s body found in Greenville Co. landfill, mother charged

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NewsChannel 6 has learned that the body of an infant has been found after two day search at a Greenville landfill.

The body was found around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry identified the infant as Anthony Frost. 

We’re told the infant’s mother, 25-year-old Vernita LaShawn Jones, is charged with homicide by child abuse. She is currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center.

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

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more on this developing story…

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“To think we have been throwing trash on him on top of him is not right,” said Crystal Cannon.

The death of an infant has rocked this community on Dove Street. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, investigators received a tip that the infant’s body was put into a dumpster in Johnston South Carolina.

One person is in custody in Edgefield County in connection to this baby’s death. That person has not yet been charged.

“I hope it’s a lie,” explained Lakera Campbell. “I don’t want it to be true because it is sad.”

Cannon and Campbell are both mothers. They told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson they were devastated when they heard the news about the baby’s death. 

“When I first met him, he was so cute and handsome,” said Campbell. All he did was smile; he was a sweet baby to me.”

“I got on Facebook this morning, and saw something about the incident, and couldn’t believe it,” explained Cannon. So I came outside and saw all of the police outside. I was like oh gosh this is happening in our neighborhood.”  

Investigators say the baby is less than one years old, but won’t say exactly how young.

Cannon and other neighbors says they are tight knit-community, and they would’ve helped out in any way they could.

“Someone would have helped her with the baby,” said Cannon. “Everyone out here has kids and they would’ve helped her with the baby. She could’ve just reached out to someone if she needed help.”

The Dove Street resident says this traumatic incident will make her keep kids closer to her. She is planning to honor the baby with a balloon release on Saturday.

“You never know what’s going through a mother’s mind,” said Cannon. “Sometimes we get overwhelmed with things, and we won’t ask for help.”

Sled agents have just called off the search for the infant’s body. Sled says they’ll resume the search on Thursday morning.

A spokesperson says agents have narrowed the search to a small area in Twin Chimney landfill.

Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod

SLED has confirmed to NewsChannel 6 that investigators are currently searching a landfill in Greenville County for a small child under 1-year-old.

Our sister station WSPA in Greenville reports the child was tossed in a dumpster in Johnston. 

Allegedly, the dumpster has been picked up and taken to Twin Chimney landfill. 

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed they are assisting SLED in the investigation and said their office has been at the landfill since this morning.

The search will resume Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

This is a developing story…

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