Details released concerning dead baby found in trash compactor
SLIDELL - Police arrested a 22-year-old woman who now faces a second-degree murder charge after being accused of giving birth to her daughter at her home, then discarding the baby inside of a trash compactor.
Slidell Police responded to the Canterbury House Apartments in Slidell Monday morning after a maintenance employee discovered a baby inside of a box. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy of the deceased baby the same day. They said they discovered the baby was a girl between 4-12 hours old, still had the umbilical cord attached and was breathing at some point, indicating the baby was not stillborn.
Law enforcement spent the better part of Monday canvassing the apartment complex for witnesses, but they received a critical lead at 1 a.m. when 22-year-old Antwonetta Jones' mother contacted police and said her daughter brought the deceased baby to the dumpster at the apartments.
"It is very disturbing to me that this young lady felt as though she had no other options available. We have to do a better job of educating our mothers-to-be that Louisiana is a Safe Haven state. If you are unable to care for your baby, you can bring the newborn, up to 60 days old, to a Safe Haven site; which are places like a police department, fire department, or a hospital...no questions asked." said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith at a 1 p.m. press conference concerning the deceased baby.
Jones is now charged with second-degree murder due to her failure to provide the baby proper medical care and for not contacting authorities, who could have potentially saved the baby's life.
Antwonetta Jones is currently being held at the Slidell City Jail, and she will ultimately be transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.