FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – A Florence County woman was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct towards a child after she allegedly laid her infant down in an unsafe condition and he died.

Shamika Danielle Jones, 28, was arrested Friday after deputies responded to a call on Jan. 21 in reference to a child in cardiac/respiratory distress, deputies said.

Investigators said Jones’ six-week-old son was found unresponsive after she allegedly laid the infant down to sleep on his stomach in a bassinet with loose blankets and other objects. 

Jones six-week-old son was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken told News13 that his office had to wait for toxicology, autopsy and other test results before she was arrested on Friday.

Jones is currently being held at the Florence County Detention Center on a $300,000 bond.

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Taylor Ford is a digital journalist for News13. She joined the News13 team in January 2023. Taylor is a Florence native and covers the Pee Dee out of News13’s Florence Bureau. Read more of Taylor’s work here.