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Jamaican student charged for abandoning newborn in the US

(CMR) A Jamaican student in the US on a J-1 Visa was charged after she abandoned her newborn baby in bushes in South Carolina on Sunday.

Britney Wheatle (21) reportedly had the baby before abandoning her in bushes. The baby was found by a woman, Robyn Cain, who contacted the North Myrtle Beach Police Department around 6:18 p.m. Sunday. The woman was alerted after hearing what sounded like animals in the bushes; checks revealed it was a baby.

The baby has since been admitted to hospital and is expected to survive.

“She was turned on her side. I don’t know if the mother put her on her back and she turned on her side. She was under the bush, not totally immersed under the bush. She was clean, but she was crying. She had a full head of black hair,” Cain told WSAZ News Channel 3.

Cain reportedly saw Wheatle earlier in the neighborhood looking lost and offered to take her to work at Walmart. After dropping Wheatle, she went on her daily walk, and that’s when she discovered the baby.

When the police found Wheatle at Walmart, she confessed to giving birth to the child and leaving her in the bushes. Wheatle was booked on a $10,000 bond.

The South Carolina Department of Social Services said they are also investigating the case.

Renae Stampp

Renae Stampp

A regional writer with almost 10 years of experience working in various news media including two major media houses in Bermuda and Jamaica. Renae provides professional content for our regional and international audience.

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