GREENVILLE, S.C. -
A Greenville woman is accused of attempted murder and willful neglect after police say she dumped her newborn son in a trash can moments after giving birth. The child is alive and stable at an area hospital.
Reports show 28 year old Sharon Ferguson gave birth inside a vacant home on Chaney Street in the Nicholtown community. They say after, she wrapped the boy in a plastic bag and a blanket and placed him in the trash can near the back of the house. Police say she then walked to a Laurens Road liquor store where she was later taken into custody. Ferguson is being held on 125,000 dollars bond at the Greenville Detention Center.
Around 4:30pm, police say a man called 911 about a baby he found inside a trash can located outside the home. Police later identified the caller as the homeowner who frequently checks on the property, though nobody lives inside.
Police say there was a trail of blood leading from inside the home to the trash can where the baby boy was found.
Many neighbors were shocked, saying it didn't have to happen like this.
"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.
What is not clear to Neasley is why something like this had to happen.
"It's a shame that it had to come this way. All I can think of is that if the child didn't want it, all she had to do was go to the hospital and leave," she said.
South Carolina has a "Safe Haven Law." You may leave a baby up to 30 days old with an employee on duty at any hospital, EMS provider, law enforcement agency, fire station, or any worship center. The child must be unharmed and the person leaving the child can remain anonymous.
For Neasley, it's a painful discovery that hits simply too close to home.
“I'm a mother. I'm a grandmother. I'm a great-grandmother. It's just heartbreaking,” she said.
This is not the first case of a baby being abandoned in the Upstate. In 2011, a woman gave birth in a bathroom stall at the Bi-Lo center. Police say the child was found abandoned in the toilet. The child's mother, Jessica Blackham, pled guilty to two counts of felony child abuse and one count of unlawful neglect of a child. She was sentenced to home detention and drug and alcohol counseling.
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