HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) - A spokesman from the State Law Enforcement Division said Thursday a baby's body had been found after a two-day search in a Greenville County landfill and that Florida woman has been charged in Edgefield County, SC.
The search began on Wednesday. Greenville County deputies were also assisting in the search at the Twin Chimneys landfill.
The landfill is located off Augusta Road in Honea Path.
Thom Berry, a spokesman for SLED said teams are searching for the body of 6-month-old Anthony Frost from Johnston, a town in Edgefield County.
Berry said the baby's body was placed in a dumpster in Edgefield County area at some point over the weekend. The contents of that trash bin were then brought to the Greenville County landfill.
Berry said Vernita Jones, 25, from Clewiston, FL has been charged with homicide by child abuse in Edgefield County.
According to the arrest warrant, she admitted to suffocating and killing the baby boy on Nov. 24 in Edgefield County.
Berry said thanks to landfill records, the teams knew when the truck in question arrived, and what part of the landfill it emptied its contents, an area that was approximately 60 feet by 100 feet.
Teams carefully excavated that section of the landfill and Berry announced just after 10 a.m. that the baby had been recovered and the coroner had been called to the scene.
Jones, who according to SLED just recently came to South Carolina, has been interviewed numerous times since the investigation began. Right now she is currently being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center.
Tony Anthony, the father of baby Anthony, posted to Facebook mourning the loss of his second son:
"April 30, 2018 I was blessed with my second son Anthony Frost. I loved him with all of my heart. He was taken too soon and this pain is unbearable. Please keep my family in your prayers because I need it and no time for others (sic) personal opinion. He was not just a baby found in the dumpster. He had a name and a family in Florida who loved him and tried reachingo ut for help before this tragedy struck. It's always two sides to every story but my son in (sic) no longer suffering and he is in heaven now, pain free and watching down on me to get justice for him. Help me get Justice for Anthony so that no other child will have to lose their life in such a tragic way. Love, your Dad."