A Florida woman who killed her 6-month-old son and left his body in a trash bin has plead guilty to homicide by child abuse and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Vernita Lashon Jones, 27, suffocated her son, Anthony Frost, in South Carolina because she was angry when the child’s father wouldn’t answer her texts or phone calls. Jones then dumped the baby’s body in a trash bin behind an apartment in Johnston. The child’s remains were found in a Greenville County landfill in November 2018, prosecutors said.
Jones faced 30 years to life in prison, but her attorney asked for leniency, saying Jones suffered from mental illness. “She was essentially born a crack baby, was raped, abandoned and had a string of bad boyfriends. We ask the court for whatever mercy the court seems fit to give,” public defender Bennett Casto said.
According to prosecutors, Jones lived in Clewiston, Florida, but left her son’s father and moved to South Carolina with the baby. Prosecutors said she then began leaving angry messages on the father’s phone and disturbing text messages like “answer the phone before I kill him” and “call us now before I beat him.’”
Jone’s friends called police after seeing her around her apartment complex without the baby.
Jones cried during the hearing and said she wished she could do anything to bring back her son.
“I know I decided to do a horrible, horrible thing and I know that I can’t take it back,” Jones said. “I know I’ve offended a lot of people, not just my family but people statewide. I just want to say I wish that day never happened.”