A New Mexico baby girl is recovering in the hospital after being found in a dumpster Friday in near-freezing temperatures.
KLBK reports the Hobbs Police Department arrested the baby’s mother, Alexis Nicole Avila, 18, of Hobbs, New Mexico, after a surveillance video showed her allegedly throwing the infant into the trash container several hours before the baby was found.
Avila is facing attempted murder charges, according to police.
“The baby was transported to a local hospital by Hobbs EMS. The child was subsequently transported to a Lubbock Hospital for further pediatric treatment,” police said Sunday. “The newborn child is in stable condition at this time.”
A surveillance video from a local business led police to Avila, according to the report. The disturbing video shows a white vehicle pulling up to a dumpster and a woman getting out; she opens the back passenger door and tosses a black bag into the open trash container before getting back into the vehicle and leaving.
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About six hours later, the surveillance video shows three individuals finding the infant while searching through the dumpster, KOB News 4 reports. In the video, a woman can be seen caring for the baby while a man makes a phone call; police and an ambulance can be seen arriving a few minutes later, according to the report.
Police said the baby girl was found wrapped in a pink towel soaked in blood, and she was crying. According to the local news, the temperature was in the mid-30s Friday when the baby was abandoned.
According to police, the baby’s mother told them that she did not realize she was pregnant until the day before she gave birth. Police said she went into labor in her parents’ bathroom and panicked.
“Alexis [Avila] explained she panicked and didn’t know what to do or who to call after the fact,” the police warrant states. “[Avila] then stated she cut the umbilical cord, wrapped the baby in a towel and placed the baby inside a trash bag before she started ‘driving around.’”
Police said she admitted to throwing her baby into the dumpster.
Joe Imbriale, the owner of Rig Outfitters and Home Store who provided the surveillance video to police, told KOB that he was “shocked” when he watched 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,” Imbriale said.
All 50 states have safe haven laws that allow mothers to safely surrender their newborns to authorities, often at a police station or hospital, without repercussions as long as the infant is unharmed. Typically, laws allow safe surrender in a certain time limit, such as within 30 days of the baby’s birth. Some states also have baby boxes where women can safely surrender their newborn baby if they cannot take care of the baby.
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