Upstate woman who abandoned newborn in trash released from priso - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate woman who abandoned newborn in trash released from prison

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Sharon Ferguson released (Source: Traci Fant) Sharon Ferguson released (Source: Traci Fant)
Sharon Ferguson in court (FOX Carolina/ June 20, 2017) Sharon Ferguson in court (FOX Carolina/ June 20, 2017)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman who abandoned her newborn baby in a trashcan and has since been the center of a mental health debate has been released from prison.

In April 2014, Greenville police said a homeowner on Chaney Street in the Nicholtown community spotted a trail of blood and found a newborn baby in a trashcan. The child was in a plastic grocery bag wrapped in a pink blanket beside bloody towels.

The Ferguson family later adopted the baby boy.

The baby's mother, Sharon Ferguson, was arrested after the baby was found and sentenced in 2017 after pleading guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Her family and community activist Traci Fant have fought for her to be released to a mental health facility, arguing she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Fant said Ferguson didn't know she was pregnant and "doesn't understand what's going on."

Ferguson was sentenced to ten years in prison suspended to 44 months with credit for the three years she served while awaiting trial.

On Tuesday, Fant shared video of Ferguson being released in Columbia:

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