Woman, 22, gave birth in tub in secret then dumped her baby in trash compactor - and was only caught because nosy janitor opened suspicious box

  • Antwonetta Jones, 22, had hidden pregnancy from family and the father
  • Baby born in bath tub thought to be alive for up to 12 hours before death
  • Child needed medical attention, but Jones did not call for help 
  • Six-pound, four ounce baby found in box in trash compactor Monday
  • Jones said to have confessed to her mother, who then called police 

A 22-year-old woman in Louisiana has been arrested on second-degree murder charges after allegedly dumping her newborn baby girl in a trash compactor.

Antwonetta Jones, who lives with her mother in Slidell, had given birth in secret in her bath tub and had not told her family or the father about her pregnancy. 

Authorities say the baby was alive for four to 12 hours before she is thought to have choked and died while Jones did not call for help.

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Antwonetta Jones, 22, of Slidell, Louisiana, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly giving birth to a baby girl in secret and putting her in an apartment complex trash
The baby girl is thought to have lived for up to 12 hours before she choked and died while a scared Jones did not call for help

Antwonetta Jones, 22, of Slidell, Louisiana, (seen left and right) was arrested Tuesday after allegedly giving birth to a baby girl in secret and putting her in an apartment complex trash compactor

A box taped shut with the infant's body inside was found by a maintenance man Monday morning in the trash compactor

A box taped shut with the infant's body inside was found by a maintenance man Monday morning in the trash compactor

Police chief Randy Smith said that Jones was lost, confused and scared, but the coroner maintained that the baby's life could have been saved if she received medical attention.

Dr Charles Preston said test results will determine the six-pound child's exact cause of death, according to WWLTV.  

A taped-up box with the baby's body inside was found in an apartment complex dumpster on Monday morning by a maintenance man - he would have turned on the machine if he did not find the infant.

The exact time of the girl's death are not yet known, though Jones says the child had died before being placed in the trash compactor with her umbilical cord still attached.

No signs of physical trauma were found on the body, though the water birth may have led to her taking in unwanted fluids, according to NOLA.com.

A remorseful Jones later confessed what happened to her mother, who called 911 at 1am on Tuesday morning, Smith said. 

Police chief Randy Smith (right) said that Jones was lost and confused after she brought the baby into the world, and coroner Dr Charles Preston (left) said that the baby could have survived if medical help was called

Police chief Randy Smith (right) said that Jones was lost and confused after she brought the baby into the world, and coroner Dr Charles Preston (left) said that the baby could have survived if medical help was called

Authorities will now work to determine the exact cause of death for the infant. Above, the apartment complex where Jones lived with her mother

Authorities will now work to determine the exact cause of death for the infant. Above, the apartment complex where Jones lived with her mother

The chief said it was 'very disturbing to me that this young lady felt as though she had no other options,' and hoped that people in Louisiana were aware that the state has Safe Haven laws allowing for unwanted newborns to be given up at hospitals without question. 

The father of the baby claimed that he did not know Jones was pregnant, according to WGNO.

Jones does not have any other children and it is not known what she had planned to do while she was carrying the baby to term.

She reportedly did not know that there were social and religious services to help her and her child. 

Louisiana has numerous restrictions on abortion, including a requirement that women wishing to terminate their pregnancies must undergo an ultrasound and have the resulting image described to them, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Second degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison in Louisiana.