The newborn baby girl found abandoned in a South Carolina dumpster when she was just hours old is alive and well. She is in a hospital and in the care of the Department of Social Services, who will determine where she will be placed.
The woman who has turned herself in as being responsible for placing the baby in the dumpster is also in the hospital and will not be charged with any crime until she has been released.
South Carolina’s DSS reminds mothers-to-be of the Safe Haven for Abandoned Babies Act, “which provides automatic immunity to anyone who places a newborn with someone at an authorized, manned safe haven, such as a hospital or outpatient facility, fire department, police department, or at a church when someone is present.”
This incident could have been prevent had the baby’s mother followed the guidelines above.