Vernita Lashon Jones pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse.
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — A 30-year prison sentence has been given to a Florida woman who killed her 6-month-old son in South Carolina because she was angry when the child’s father wouldn’t answer her texts or phone calls.
Vernita Lashon Jones, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday to homicide by child abuse and received the minimum sentence.
Jones told police she dumped the baby’s body in a trash bin behind an apartment in Johnston.
Jones’ lawyer asked for leniency, saying Jones suffered from mental illness and was considering killing her son and herself. The family of the baby’s father asked for a life sentence.
Jones was charged back in November 2018 after authorities found the boy’s body at a Greenville County landfill. Jones is originally from Clewiston, Florida.
An arrest warrant from 2018 states that Jones admitted to law enforcement that she suffocated her child and had “an extreme indifference to human life.”