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Greenville police responded to Chaney Street to reports of a baby in a trash container on Monday. (April 21, 2014/FOX Carolina) Greenville police responded to Chaney Street to reports of a baby in a trash container on Monday. (April 21, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Sharon Ferguson's mugshot from April 21. (Source: Greenville County Detention Center) Sharon Ferguson's mugshot from April 21. (Source: Greenville County Detention Center)
The baby boy was found in this trash can near the home. (April 21, 2014/FOX Carolina) The baby boy was found in this trash can near the home. (April 21, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Sharon Ferguson in 2011. (Source: Greenville PD) Sharon Ferguson in 2011. (Source: Greenville PD)
A homeowner discovered the body in a trash can. (April 21, 2014/FOX Carolina) A homeowner discovered the body in a trash can. (April 21, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman has been charged after her newborn baby boy was found in a trash can outside a Greenville home on Monday, according to police.

Greenville police said a homeowner was there to check on the house on Chaney Street in the Nicholtown community when he noticed a trail of blood.

Police said the blood trail led to the trash can, where the newborn was found along with bloody towels. The baby was still alive, but he was in critical condition when he was found.

According to warrants, the baby was in a plastic grocery bag, which was wrapped in a pink blanket. 

Police said they did not know how long the child had been there.

The baby's mother, 28-year-old Sharon Ferguson, was taken into custody for questioning in front of a liquor store at Laurens Road and East Washington Street, police confirmed.

Ferguson was later charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person. Her bond was set at $125,000.

Public Relations Director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services Marilyn Matheus said the baby was in "good condition" the day after he was found. 

According to Matheus, the child will go into foster care before a hearing will be held where DSS will most likely take the child into custody.

She said a notice for parental rights will then go out to give the child's parents a chance to come forward to claim the boy.

If no one comes forward or is not eligible to take care of the child, the baby will be put up for adoption, according to Matheus.

Officer Johnathan Bragg said Ferguson was brought to the hospital on Tuesday after she requested to go. He said she refused treatment on Monday.

A neighbor of Ferguson's said they could not tell she was pregnant, wearing the same clothes most every day.

"Yeah, it was at times disturbing. She was pretty much a loner. She walked the streets day in and day out but didn't bother anybody," said neighbor Shanika Cohens.

Neighbors and community activist Tracy Fant said Ferguson's mental illness should have been considered when she was charged.

"They need to downgrade the charges and get her help," Fant said. "She didn't know what she was doing or what was going on with her body."

Bragg explained the attempted murder charge came from how the baby was put in a bag, wrapped in a blanket, then put in the trash can. He said officers are looking into mental health concerns.

The firefighter who was first on the scene and found the boy said he was weak and pale, but they were able to get him oxygen and clean him off.

"It was nerve-wracking, not knowing if the baby was alive, then getting up to it and seeing it is alive and that there is hope there," said Greenville firefighter Kevin Crosby.

On May 7, the child was released from the hospital and was in good condition. After his released, he was placed in the care of a foster family. 

Police said they want to remind people of the safe haven law that provides options for people needing to give up infants up to 30 days old. Read more about the protections here.

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