BURGESS, SC (WBTW) – Horry County Police arrested a woman after a newborn baby girl was found alive in a bag of trash.
According to our sister station WBTW, police say the mother of the child surrendered to police after seeing herself on TV Thursday evening. The woman will be charged and her identity will be released afterwards, according to a press release.
The infant had been thrown into a dumpster and only located after a man heard noises coming from a nearby dumpster in the Island Green Community, just off SC 707. Police were called at 2:35 pm Thursday to investigate the scene in the 500 block of Fairway Village Drive. The mother of the baby girl had just given birth and the baby was then tossed into a dumpster in the area, said Lt. Raul Denis of the Horry County Police. The baby girl, which still had an umbilical cord attached, was estimated to be just a few hours old, said Sgt. Kent Donald of the Horry County Police.
Just before 6 pm, police released photos of a woman who appeared to be pregnant and is linked to the case. Police said the woman’s identity was not know and they are trying to find out who she is.
Police later said the baby weighed eight pounds and six ounces. A man, Austin Detray, who discovered the baby was taking out trash and heard a faint sound that he thought was a kitten or cat. Detray waited for a few moments and heard the sound again. Detray and 2 of his family members then discovered the baby inside a bag of trash in the dumpster, officials told News13. “We just leaned (the baby) on its side .. You know, it still had mucus in its system, and it was still puking up stuff. Still had the umbilical cord attached to it, and we just stayed by its side and waited for the ambulance to come,” Detray told News13.
The baby girl was rushed to a nearby hospital where she is reported to be in “stable” condition.