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Baby Found in Greenville Trash Can Released from Hospital

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A child found abandoned in a trash can last month has been released from the hospital. A child found abandoned in a trash can last month has been released from the hospital.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

The newborn that was found in a trash can last month has been released from the hospital. The Department of Social Services says the child is in good condition and has been placed with a foster family.

The boy's mother, 28-year-old Sharon Ferguson of Greenville, is accused of attempted murder and willful neglect after police say she dumped him in a trash can moments after giving birth.

Reports show Ferguson gave birth on April 21, inside a vacant home on Chaney Street in the Nicholtown community. Afterwards, they say 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.

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.

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.

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