Alexis Avila, an 18-year-old New Mexico woman, was arrested over the weekend after police said she tossed her newborn baby in a dumpster.
Authorities said they received a call Friday night about a baby found in a trash bin behind a mall in Hobbs. Police reviewed surveillance footage from the store and said that Avila was captured dumping the newborn earlier on Friday.
The child was taken to a hospital in nearby Lubbock, Texas, just across the state line. As of Saturday, the child was said to be in stable condition.
Avila is facing several felony charges, including attempted murder, according to local reports.
Police Investigate Newborn Tossed in Dumpster
According to a press release issued on Saturday, Hobbs police received a report around 8 p.m. the previous night about a newborn baby being found in a dumpster behind Rig Outfitters and Home Store on North Thorp Street.
Local reports indicate that three adults were searching through the dumpster when one discovered the child in a black garbage bag and phoned authorities, who were on the scene within minutes.
“Upon arrival, officers rendered aid to the newborn child, and the baby was transported to a local hospital by Hobbs EMS,” police said. “The child was subsequently transported to a Lubbock Hospital for further pediatric treatment.”
That night, authorities called Joe Imbriale, the owner of Rigs Outfitters, who turned over his security footage at the request of detectives.
“I said ‘what is it we are looking for’ and she goes ‘we’re looking for somebody who dumped a black garbage bag in your dumpster.’” Imbriale told KOB. “I turned around, I said ‘please don’t tell me it was a baby.'”
A review of the footage reportedly showed a woman in a white sedan dumping a black trash bag into the bin at around 2 p.m. Friday — some six hours before police arrived.
The clip also showed the three adults picking through the dumpster when they discovered the child inside. A woman is shown opening the bag, “reacting” to the child’s presence, and taking the baby out while urging the others to call police, one newspaper wrote.
“I was in shock just to see this,” Imbriale said of the footage. “I can’t sleep at night just knowing that this baby was just tossed in a dumpster like that. I’m sorry but who does that? That is evil. I don’t have words for it.”
Hobbs police traced the white sedan to Avila. Detectives alleged that the 18-year-old “was interviewed and confessed to giving birth to the child at another location and then placing the baby in the dumpster.”
“You know, luckily we had dumpster divers back there, and they pulled [the bag] out and they didn’t even know what was in the bag,” he added.
The newborn is reportedly in stable condition, though it’s not clear where the child is headed upon release from the hospital.
Alexis Avila Charged
The young mom now faces a pair of felony charges related to the incident.
Avila was booked on one count of attempted murder in the first degree and another count of child abuse, Hobbs police said. She was scheduled to be arraigned in Lea County District Court on Monday morning.
If convicted of the attempted murder charge, Avila could face up to 15 years in prison under New Mexico law, though the punishment could vary widely depending on the facts of the case as established in court.
The child abuse charge could also result in prison time for the 18-year-old, though that sentence would also be subject to judicial discretion.
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