Newborn Thrown in Trash Can Survives

Baby boy found in a pink blanket and a plastic grocery bag
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2014 9:37 AM CDT
The newborn was found in a pink blanket.   (©)

(Newser) – A newborn baby boy is lucky to be alive this morning after being found yesterday near death in a garbage can in Greenville, SC. He was put there, police say, by his mother, who has since been charged with attempted murder and child abandonment. NBC News reports he was found in a can in the backyard of the home occupied by Sharon Lenise Ferguson, 28, and her family. The home is a rental, and the owner happened to be there doing maintenance work—and spotted a trail of blood.

He looked inside the can around 4:30pm and saw the infant among bloody towels. Ferguson told police she had placed the child in a plastic grocery bag and wrapped him in a pink blanket after giving birth "on or about April 21," reports WYFF. He was listed in stable condition last night; Ferguson spent the night in Greenville County jail. Her bond has been set at $125,000. FOX Carolina points out that the state's safe haven law protects parents who leave a child up to 30 days old at a hospital, police or fire station, or place of worship.

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