Alexis Avila: Everything we know about the teenage mother who threw her newborn baby in a dumpster

SSurveillance footage has surfaced this week of a young woman throwing a garbage bag into a dumpster outside a shopping mall in Hobbs, New Mexico.

But, according to local law enforcement, the bag did not contain waste.

Inside the bag was the newborn son to whom the woman, later identified as Alexis Avila, had given birth hours before.

Miraculously, the baby was found alive six hours later and is now in stable condition.

Ms Avila, 18, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse in a case that sent shock waves across America.

Here’s everything we know so far:

Frosty 911 call as three passers-by find baby “frozen” in dumpster

The case unfolded on January 7 when police received a panicked 911 call around 7:45 p.m. Friday from someone calling to say they had just found a baby in a dumpster.

“We just found a baby in God’s trash can,” the caller said, in the audio obtained by KQRE.

“He moaned, he wasn’t actually crying. I was looking for things in the dumpster and we heard …

“We heard something that I didn’t know was a baby. I thought it was a cat.

A woman’s voice is then heard joining the call, saying that the child was “very weak”.

911 call reveals moment rescuers found abandoned baby in dumpster

“He’s still got his umbilical cord tied and he’s freezing cold, and he’s barely like… He’s very, very, very weak,” she said.

A soft moan from the baby is heard in the background of the phone call.

Hobbs Acting Police Chief August Fons told a press conference on Monday afternoon that three people – Michael Green, Hector Jesso and April Meadow – searched the dumpster at Broadmoor Shopping Center in the block 1400 by N. Thorps “in search of anything. valuable”.

Chief Fons said the trio heard what sounded like a baby crying and took out a trash bag, assuming they would find a dog or kitten inside, he said.

Instead, they found the newborn baby “wrapped in a dirty, damp bath towel with dried blood on it, with the umbilical cord still attached,” he said.

Rescuers find baby abandoned in dumpster in New Mexico

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Rescue workers find abandoned baby in dumpster in New Mexico

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Surveillance footage from a nearby store shows the three people standing near a truck and peering through the dumpster before one pulls out a black trash bag and opens it.

One of the other people is seen quickly opening the bag as she realizes its contents.

The woman takes the baby out and cradles it, entering the truck in an attempt to keep it warm.

Meanwhile, one of the other people is seen on the phone.

Several flashing emergency response vehicles are seen arriving at the scene a few minutes later.

Chief Fons said the baby was treated at the scene and rushed to hospital for treatment, where he was in stable condition on Monday.

The police chief praised the “rapid response” of the three rescuers who were “essential” in saving the baby’s life.

Surveillance footage leads police to young mother

Investigators found the alleged culprit through surveillance footage captured at the nearby Rig Outfitters and Home Store, owned by Joe Imbriale.

The video, which has gone viral, shows a white car pulling up next to the dumpster around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The woman, later identified as Ms Avila, is seen exiting the driver’s seat, opening the back door and picking up a black garbage bag from the back seat.

She then throws the package in the dumpster before getting back into the vehicle and walking away from the scene.

Images reveal the baby had been in the dumpster in plunging temperatures of about 30 degrees Fahrenheit for about six hours.

Investigators were able to obtain a partial license plate from the footage, which led them to Ms Avila’s family home.

There, Ms. Avila’s parents said their daughter was driving the vehicle.

Surveillance footage shows mother throwing newborn baby into dumpster

When the police informed the parents about the nature of their investigation, they agreed to take Ms. Avila to the police station, Chief Fons said.

Teen mom says she ‘freaked out’ because she didn’t know she was pregnant

Ms Avila reportedly confessed to investigators that she gave birth to the baby and threw it in a dumpster hours later.

The teenager told police she “panicked” after giving birth on Friday, just a day after finding out she was pregnant, Chief Fons said.

She said she saw a doctor on January 6 because she was suffering from abdominal pain and constipation.

It was only then that she was told she was pregnant, the police chief said.

He said the teenager said she then started to experience more stomach pain the next day and gave birth in the toilet at her parents’ house.

Woman is seen tossing a black trash bag into a dumpster

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A woman is seen throwing a black garbage bag into a dumpster

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She said she “freaked out and didn’t know what to do or who to call” so she cut the umbilical cord, wrapped her baby in the dirty towel and put it in a garbage bag, he declared.

Ms Avila told investigators she then drove for a while before deciding to put the baby in a dumpster, he said.

When asked what she thought would happen to her baby after leaving it in the dumpster, the police chief said she “remained silent and could not respond. “.

Ms Avila told investigators the identity of the baby’s father, but it is not made public as he is a minor, Chief Fons said.

The young couple separated in August, according to the criminal complaint.

Ms Avila’s mother told investigators she was not aware of her daughter’s pregnancy.

What’s the next step for mother and baby?

Ms. Avila was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse on January 8.

The 18-year-old was released on bail less than two hours later after posting an unsecured bond of $ 10,000.

She is scheduled to appear in Lea County District Court on Wednesday for a hearing.

If found guilty, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

Ms. Avila’s baby is now in stable condition and is in the care of the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families (CYFD).

Chief Fons said police were planning an interview with the baby’s father.

Teenage mother says she was ‘unaware’ of pregnancy before throwing baby in dumpster

It is not known who will have long-term custody of the baby.

Chief Fons urged parents in need to seek help.

“If you are having difficulty with a newborn baby, the best answer is to find someone who can help you,” he said.

“Contact us and let us help you deal with the situation. “

The 50 United States all have “shelter” laws that allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns safely to designated persons such as hospital staff without the risk of criminalization.

In New Mexico, the law allows a parent to safely surrender their child within 90 days of birth.

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