Police have arrested a 22-year-old woman and charged her with murdering her infant. The baby was found in a trash compactor at a Slidell apartment complex Monday morning.
Antwonette Jones is accused of dumping her newborn in the trash. Slidell police said the child was not stillborn and breathing before being placed in dumpster.
Detectives said Tuesday that Jones hid the pregnancy from family and friends. She gave birth by herself in a bathtub. Jones told police she was scared and did not know what to do after giving birth.
A maintenance worker at the Canterbury House Apartments made the discovery Monday at about 9:15 a.m. The worker found the infant under several garbage bags in a box. Jones lived at the apartment complex.
Investigators were still trying to find witnesses when they received a call from Jones' mother. She said she called police once she realized that the infant was her grandchild.
The St. Tammany Parish coroner is still trying to determine the cause of death. He said the initial autopsy did not establish a clear cause of death. There was signs of trauma on the child.
Police said they have been in touch with the father. He said he did not realize Jones was pregnant.
Jones is charged with second degree murder. She remains in police custody.