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Newborn found 6 hours after being thrown in dumpster, police say

Alexis Avila, 18, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse.
Alexis Avila, 18, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse.(Hobbs Police Department)
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 8:56 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2022 at 3:15 PM MST
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HOBBS, N.M. (Gray News) – An 18-year-old in New Mexico is facing charges after police said she admitted she put her newborn son in the garbage.

According to the Hobbs Police Department, officers responded to reports of an infant in a dumpster around 8 p.m. Friday. Through their investigation, police estimate the infant had been there for about six hours.

Police Chief August Fons explained a group of people discovered the baby boy around 7:45 p.m. when they were looking through the trash for anything of value. They heard cries and thought it could have been a cat or dog.

A woman removed the baby from a black bag and held him to keep him warm while a man called authorities.

Emergency responders arrived within minutes and rendered aid to the newborn, who was taken to the hospital for further pediatric treatment. Authorities said the child is in stable condition at this time and credits the people who alerted authorities for saving his life.

According to police, investigators were able to get surveillance video that appears to show the woman putting the baby in the trash.

The video shows a white car pulling up and a woman getting out. The woman opens the back passenger door, grabs a black bag, tosses it into the dumpster and then leaves.

Detectives were able to identify and track down the owner of the car seen in the video. They went to Alexis Avila’s home, where her parents said she was sleeping.

Fons said Avila’s parents drove her to the police station where she confessed to giving birth to the child at another location and then putting it in the dumpster. She told police she didn’t know she was pregnant until Jan. 6, when she started having abdominal pain. She gave birth the next day.

Avila was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

Detectives are trying to make contact with the man Avila claims is the father for an interview. She explained their relationship had ended in August.

“If you’re struggling with a new infant, the best response is to find someone to help with that,” Fons said, adding a designated safe haven site is always willing to help without risk of criminal prosecution for abandonment or abuse.

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