A student at Claflin University in South Carolina has been charged after school officials found a newborn baby in a on campus dumpster.
Amber Brianna Fulton, 19, gave birth to a baby boy between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. in one of the dorms, according to police.
The arrest warrant shows that she allegedly cut the umbilical cord with paper scissors, placed the newborn in a garbage bag, and put the bag in a dumpster.
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.
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
The newborn was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, officials said. Fulton was taken to a medical center for evaluation.
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.
She has been charged with attempted murder and unlawful conduct towards a child.
This is truly a sad situation that I can not judge. The child will grow up hearing about the mother who dumped him in the trash and as a result, he will suffer from self-esteem issues. The young lady’s family has shockingly learned Amber has given birth, and disposed of the baby in the trash. The course of Amber’s entire life has devastatingly changed. I pray she bounces back from this and wish the best for all involved. I know she only did what she did because she was scared.