A lady seen on surveillance camera dumping her newborn infant into a dumpster in Hobbs, New Mexico, reportedly told detectives she was panicked.
Despite being charged with attempted murder, Alexis Avila, 18, was released on $10,000 bond just hours after her arrest.
According to police, officers from the Hobbs Police Department came to the 1400 block of N. Thorp at approximately 8:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022, in response to a new born child discovered in a dumpster.
Officers assisted the recently born infant upon arrival, and Hobbs EMS transferred the baby to a local hospital. After that, the infant was taken to a Lubbock hospital for further medical treatment.
Investigators were able to locate a suspect vehicle after retrieving CCTV video of the incident.
Alexis Avila, an 18-year-old Hobbs woman, was interviewed and admitted to giving birth to the child somewhere and then discarding the infant in a dumpster.
Avila was arrested and charged with Child Abuse and Attempt to Commit a Felony To Wit: Murder (1st Degree Felony) (1st degree felony). At this time, the new born youngster is in good health.
After nearly six hours in the trash, the infant was discovered alive by dumpster divers. According to a police investigation, Avila “referred to the baby as ‘it’ at all times.”
“I was in a panic,” Avila says in a video of cops questioning her. I was at a loss for what to do. “I was terrified.”
Avila: “I just left and I drove around. I just put it where I put it.
Detective: “Did you place it there? Did you throw it there? What did you do?”
Avila: “What do you mean? Like in the trash? I just tossed it in.”
Detective: “You wrapped a newborn in a trash bag?”
Avila: “I was in a panic. I just turned 18. It’s not like I’ve been 18 forever.”
When asked at a press conference why her bond was set so low, Interim Police Chief August Fons said, “At the time the warrant was signed by the judge and the judge signed a $10,000 unsecured bond appearance bond and at that point she was released about an hour later.”
“If you are struggling with a new infant, the best response is to find somebody who can help you with that,’ he added. “Contact us, and let us help you through the situation.”
Attorney Ibukun Adepoju, a public defender who is representing Avila said, “Alexis is barely 18 herself. Whatever happened is already a tragedy for her family and the community. As humans, we should practice compassion as we wait for the justice system to work.”