A heartless 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after she secretly gave birth to a baby boy, stuffed him in a trash bag and threw it away. But, luckily the newborn baby was found alive in a dumpster on the Claflin University campus in South Carolina.
The woman identified as Amber Brianna Fulton of Kingstree, has also been charged with illegal contact towards a child. The baby who was less than than five hours old, was discovered in the trash by custodians at around 8.55am on Wednesday.
The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety stated that university employees were disposing of trash collected from a dormitory when they heard the sound of a baby crying coming from the dumpster on Goff Avenue, reported The Tand D.
However, as they looked into the bin, they were shocked to see a newborn baby stuffed inside the trash bag and was wearing nothing. The university employees tore open the plastic sack so the child, a full term baby boy weighing 5 lbs 7 ounces, could draw a breath.
The Claflin staffers immediately contacted campus security and called for medical help.According to a police report, when investigators tracked down Amber Fulton, the 19-year-old allegedly admitted to giving birth in secret in a dormitory bathroom at around 4am Wednesday.
The station WBTV reported, citing the document, that the teen mom used a pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord and wiped the newborn with some tissues.
Fulton’s arrest warrant states that after delivering the boy, the college student placed him in a plastic bag, then stuffed it into a larger black trash bag, which she tied with a loose knot, and then dumped the bundle containing her son into the dumpster behind the Claflin dining room, Dailymail reported.
Fulton was interviewed and she explained that she was trying to hide her pregnancy from her family. She has now been taken to the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg for evaluation. Police say both Fulton and her son are in good condition.
Under South Carolina’s Daniels’ Law, infants up to 60 days old can be legally abandoned at a safe heaven, such as a fire station, a police station or a hospital, no questions asked.