Myrtle Beach mother indicted after newborn baby found abandoned in dumpster
HORRY COUNTY, S.C. – A Myrtle Beach mother has been indicted on an attempted murder charge after her newborn baby was found in a dumpster earlier this year.
MyrtleBeachOnline.com reported that 23-year-old Shelby Harper Taylor was indicted on the charge in Horry County Grand Jury indictments released earlier this week.
The suspect is accused of leaving her “hours old” baby in a dumpster at a Myrtle Beach-area apartment complex. She was arrested on April 11 after turning herself in to police.
Taylor was granted a $10,000 bond and told she can’t have contact with children unless DSS approves.
Three family members taking out the trash discovered the baby girl after hearing a faint noise coming from the dumpster.
The baby was reportedly in a plastic bag with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.
“It still had mucus in its system, and it was still puking up stuff,” Austin Detray said. “Still had the umbilical cord attached to it, and we just stayed by its side and waited for the ambulance to come.”
Austin Detray’s brother Raymond and sister Jessica were also there when the baby was found.
“There was blood everywhere… in the trash can and on the baby. I was scared for its life,” said Raymond Price.
Jessica Detray said she hopes the baby will live and have a wonderful life.
“There’s other options — adoptions, drop her off at the hospital, knock at a door, go to a police station,” she said. “Do something. Don’t just leave her to, you know, die. I mean, she’s a living soul.”
Hospital officials said the baby may have been born just hours before being found. She was apparently covered in blood and afterbirth.
The baby was placed with the S.C. Department of Social Services, where the safety and well-being of the child will continue to be accessed, according to the report.