A Greenville, S.C. woman was arrested on April 21 and charged with attempted murder and willful neglect after police say a Good Samaritan found her newborn baby boy in a trash can outside of a vacant Greenville residence. That Good Samaritan was only in the neighborhood to check on that particular residence because he owns it – although no-one lives there. While checking on the property, the man noticed a blood trail leading from inside the house to a trash can outside.
Police caught up with the mother, 28-year-old Sharon Ferguson, in front of a liquor store she had walked to not far from the residence, per Fox News. After questioning Ferguson, police formally arrested and charged her.
According to the police warrant against Ferguson, she gave birth to her son inside that vacant home. Police say that after the baby was born, Ferguson wrapped the baby “in a plastic grocery bag which was wrapped in a pink blanket,” and tossed the newborn into an outside trash can in the rear of the house.
Also found along with the newborn in that trash can were some bloody towels. Police reports didn’t specify how long the infant was in the trash before he was discovered.
The baby was still alive, but he was in critical condition when he was found.
WSPA reported that the man who found the baby in the trash called 911 around 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Officials said later that the baby was tossed into the trash can only moments after he was born.
Neighbors from the Nicholtown community where Ferguson threw away her baby were shocked and outraged, especially considering the laws designed to provide help for those needing to give up an infant younger than 30 days old. As long as the child is unharmed, South Carolina’s Safe Haven Law allows those needing to give up a newborn the opportunity to do so simply by taking the baby to “any hospital, EMS provider, law enforcement agency, fire station, or any worship center.” The person giving up the child is promised anonymity under that law.
"It was shocking and upsetting to know that two doors down from you there was a baby in the trash can," said neighbor Oiuda Neasley.
Monday, she said she could only watch as a newborn baby boy was pulled out of her neighbor's trash can.
"Then to see the baby move, was doubly upsetting. All I've been doing is praying for that baby," she said.
Ferguson was transported to the Greenville Detention Center where she was being held on $125,000 dollars bond. As of last night, the baby boy was reported to be in stable condition at a local hospital.