A teenage mother caught on surveillance footage allegedly throwing her newborn baby alive in a dumpster in New Mexico has claimed she was “terrified” when she gave birth the day after she was pregnant.
18-year-old Alexis Avila was arrested and charged with attempted murder and felony after her newborn son was found wrapped in a bloody towel and a plastic garbage bag in a parking lot in Hobbs on January 7. Left there after about six hours of being.
Ms Avila told investigators she did not know she was pregnant until January 6, when they sought medical attention because she was suffering from abdominal pain and constipation, Acting Hobbs Police Chief August Fons said at a news conference on Monday afternoon.
He said the teenager said she started having more abdominal pain the next day and gave birth.
She said she was “nervous and didn’t know what to do or who to call” so she cut the umbilical cord, wrapped her baby in a dirty towel and put it in a trash can.
Ms Avila said she moved the baby around for a while before deciding to put it in the trash, he said.
What happened next was captured in disturbing surveillance footage.
The video shows a car being pulled next to a dumpster at around 2 pm local time on Friday.
Police saw the woman, identified as Ms. Avila, exiting the driver’s seat, opening the back door and taking a black garbage bag from the back seat.
She then uses two hands to throw the package into the dumpster before getting back into the vehicle and driving away from the scene.
About six hours later, three people found the newborn miraculously alive.
The police chief said three people – two men and a woman – were “going through the dumpster looking for anything” when they heard what sounded like a baby crying.
He took the bag out of the dumpster but assumed it would be a dog or a kitten, he said.
Instead, he discovered the newborn.
“The baby was wrapped in a bath towel that was dirty and wet and the blood had dried on it and the umbilical cord was still attached,” he said.
Footage shows three men standing near a truck and looking through the dumpster, before one of them pulls out a black garbage bag and opens it.
One of the others can be seen hurriedly opening the bag and taking the child out.
She carries the baby in her arms and reaches inside the truck while one of the other people appears on the phone.
Several flashing law enforcement vehicles are seen arriving at the scene minutes later.
Chief Fons praised the “quick response” of the three men, whom he said were “crucial” in saving the child’s life by contacting 911 and keeping the child warm until medics arrived.
He said officers were sent to N.N. at Hobbs at around 7:45 p.m. Friday. A 911 call was received about a child alive in a dumpster in the 1400 block of Thorps.
They rushed to the scene to see a woman inside the truck holding two men and a child near a truck.
The child was treated on the spot and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Chief Fons said the child was in a stable condition at the hospital.
Officers tracked down the infant’s mother after reviewing footage at a nearby store, Rig Outfitters & Homes, owned by Joe Imbriel.
Investigators were able to obtain partial license plates from the footage, identify the vehicle, and visit the Avila family home.
There, Ms Avila’s parents said she was driving.
Miss Avila came to the police station where she confessed to giving birth to the child and then dumping the child in the dustbin.
He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse.
He disclosed the identity of the child’s father to authorities, but his identity is not being made public because he is underage, Chief Fons said. Her parents said that they did not have any information about their daughter’s pregnancy.
When asked what she thought would happen to her after her child was left in the dustbin, the police chief said she “kept quiet and could not answer”.
Mr. Embriel told KOB4 On Friday night, the police contacted him and asked him to see surveillance footage from his store.
He said he knew something was not right with his facial expressions and said he was “shocked” to learn what had happened.
“Something wasn’t right, I saw the faces of the officers, and they didn’t look right. They really didn’t,” he told the local outlet.
“I said ‘what are we looking for’ and she goes ‘we’re looking for someone who threw a black garbage bag in your dumpster.’
“I turned around, I said ‘Please don’t tell me it was a baby.'”
Mr. Embriel said he had “no words” for his “evil” actions: “I can’t sleep at night knowing this baby was thrown in the trash like that. I’m sorry, but who would do that.” Is it? That’s evil. I don’t have words for it,” he said.