Newborn baby discovered alive in dumpster on SC college campus

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A student was charged after school officials found a newborn baby in a dumpster at Claflin University in South Carolina Wednesday morning.

Amber Brianna Fulton, 19, was charged with attempted murder and unlawful conduct towards a child after the baby was discovered around 8:30 a.m. when campus workers were taking garbage to the dumpster and heard the child crying, according to WIS-TV. The boy was found in a trash bag.

Arrest warrants show Fulton gave birth to the baby between 4 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. Wednesday morning on campus. She then cut the umbilical cord with paper scissors and placed him in a plastic bag before putting him into a large trash bag. She then placed him in the dumpster.

“It is something that we don’t like seeing. We’re fortunate in this incident because the baby could have been deceased. We’re very fortunate the baby is alive and doing well,” said Capt. Alfred Alexander with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. “We’re going through a gauntlet of emotions, but we’re trying to stay focused.”

The baby boy was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and is expected to survive.

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