Mom Arrested After Throwing Her Newborn Baby in a Trash Bin

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Police officers are tasked with some horrific duties. This next story is certainly no exception. After getting a call that there was blood on a garbage bin, an officer had to dig through God knows how much trash to find the infant that had been buried there. Horrifying does not even begin to describe the scene as the poor child was pulled from the mess ... but thankfully, he was alive. And the mother?

Police say Sharon Ferguson gave birth, put her child in a plastic bag, and wrapped him in a pink blanket before placing her baby in the garbage. According to reports, the mother is a homeless woman who suffers from mental illness. She has since been charged with attempted murder and unlawful neglect of a child.

Thankfully homeowners in the Greenville, South Carolina neighborhood called 911 after spotting an unusual amount of blood. That was enough evidence for the cops to suspect someone or something was hurt inside. 

It's an atrocious and despicable act, to be sure. It would be easy to condemn this woman as some heartless monster. Most states have safe haven laws that will allow you to legally and safely leave your baby at a hospital or fire station. Why not choose that option? But is the story really so cut and dry? I can't help but feel some measure of empathy for this clearly troubled individual. Giving birth can be a traumatic experience for even the most stable, happy women. There seemed to be so many factors working against this person. Maybe, at that time, she wasn't capable of rational thought.

Of course, that doesn't justify or explain away what she did. That baby could have been killed. That is a crime and she should be punished. However, I am just grateful this sad story has a happy ending -- the baby was found alive and hopefully he will get a loving family to keep him safe.

If this mom gets help, should she be allowed to keep her child?

 

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nonmember avatar Anon

Why should she get in trouble? So killing your baby while is only frowned upon after it has been born? Shouldn't she have the right to choose whether or not her end her baby's life?

abra819 abra819

Oh god anon. I can only imagine the comments.

TheSi... TheSilence

I don't feel badly for her. I hope she gets locked up and never sees that child again. She threw him away like trash, that's unacceptable!

nonmember avatar Ssbarno

Uh, let me think.... NO!!!!

IHear... IHeartCake

She should be charged with attempted murder and given a psych eval.  I hope the baby gets a wonderful loving home.  The system failed this baby :-(

IHear... IHeartCake

Anon, this is not the place to push your anti-abortion agenda.  Pretty much no one believes in 3rd trimester abortions, unless the baby is suffering and couldn't be saved if born via C-section, so you can put a sock in it!

nonmember avatar newsisafamegame

This happened where I live. She placed the baby on top of the garbage, no one had to dig through trash to find it. The mother is not homeless she lived in the house where the baby was found. She is very much mentally handicap, she walks the same streets in the neighborhood day in and day out. Her family was going to check on her when they found the baby. She screams and curses at the house she lives in from the street most days. It is believed that she was raped and since she is mentally handicap she had no idea what was happening with her body during pregnancy or birth of the baby. Her entire family is also mentally handicap. The neighbors who saw and spoke to her every day did not even know she was pregnant. It is an incredibly sad story all around. The baby is better off with DSS since she nor her family are capable of taking care of themselves or a baby.

mom2r... mom2rkjsv

Hell no she should not get her child!!!! Stupid question

Traci Lynn Hayes

Anon I have no clue wth you are trying to say. You make no since. If your saying she has a right to choose to kill her child after it's born. No you don't that is murder. She can term. The pregnancy in the first trimester. But not after it's born. And if this girl, woman is mentally handicap she need to be in hospital under doctors care but she should not get that child back ever. Hopefully the child is ok

Jennifer Andrews

Hell NO! And as for you Anon, you seem to need help too!! Why is a childs life so easily forgotten about in the eyes of SUPERIORS that are suppost to help. What these children and babies need is a loving home and a loving family that accually wants a child. People that wouldnt just throw there baby away like trash on tuesday!!!If you have a answer for what these people did or do to these poor helpless babies, then you need help yourself!!

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