New Mexico woman defends teenage daughter accused of throwing baby in dumpster


Like New Mexico authorities accept non-monetary donations on behalf of a little boy abandoned in dumpster in the town of Hobbs and for other children in state care, the mother of the woman accused of abandoning him told journalists: “Everyone makes mistakes”.

Alexis Avila, 18, was accused of attempted murder and child abuse in connection with the incident, according to the municipal police. She allegedly wrapped the baby in a blood-soaked towel and two trash bags, then dumped him in 36-degree weather with his umbilical cord still attached.

A woman who picked up the phone at a number listed for her mother, Martha Avila, said it was the wrong number on Tuesday.

But the eldest Avila defended her daughter in front of a Daily Mail reporter outside her home in the town of Hobbs.

“People can preach all they want, they can judge all they want, but we only care about the judgment of one,” she told the outlet.


She also doubled down on the claim that her daughter didn’t know she was pregnant, which police say the young woman told investigators when they brought her in for questioning, and she allegedly admitted to the crime. During that same interview, police said they only referred to the child as “it.”

As for the little boy, a group of good Samaritans fell on him and saved him from the dumpster. He is in stable condition in a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, and in the “legal custody” of the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families (NMCYFD), according to the acting police chief of Hobbs, August Fons. He said he could not release additional details on Monday due to privacy concerns.

The father of the child is believed to be a teenager from Hobbs, whose identity police have not released as he is under 18.

Martha Avila told Hobbs police she banned her daughter’s ex from visiting their home because he allegedly ‘beat’ her daughter in June, according to a criminal complaint.

Alexis Avila (Hobbs Police)

“Even if she doesn’t want custody, she should care enough about her grandchild to say, ‘No, he’s an abusive boyfriend and I don’t want him to have custody,'” Joe Imbriale said. , a local store owner whose surveillance cameras captured the incident and drew national attention on Monday.

A spokeswoman for the NMCYFD said she could not comment on individual cases due to state confidentiality rules.

Imbriale also questioned Avilas’ timeline of events, which included a Jan. 4 doctor’s visit for prescription painkillers, according to court documents.

“If they had done that, wouldn’t they have taken a pregnancy test on a girl that young?” He asked. “There are a lot of holes in his story.”

Surveillance video from Imbriale shows a woman throwing a rubbish bag into a dumpster and a group of people finding a baby inside nearly six hours later.

“She’s trying to stand up for her daughter, why won’t she stop screaming and take ownership of how she raised her daughter,” Imbriale told Fox News Digital on Tuesday. “Stop trying to protect her now. You screwed up, you raised a terrible girl.”

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The video showed a woman, believed to be Avila, pulling up in a white car around 2 p.m. MT on Friday, throwing her newborn baby from the back seat into the dumpster and driving off.

Around 7:45 p.m., Michael Green, Hector Jasso and April Nuttall arrived to retrieve any valuables from the dumpsters. But they heard screams coming from inside a bag and fished him out.

The video shows Nuttall pulling the baby out of the trash bag and cradling him in his arms as Green called 911.

In a call center recording, Green told the dispatcher, “We just found a baby in the trash.”

He was alive, he added. And he was breathing.

“Their quick collective response to this emergency, including notifying 911, was absolutely critical in saving this baby’s life,” Fons said.

The state’s Department of Children, Youth and Families says donations for the baby boy of gift cards, toys, clothing or other items can be sent to 907 West Calle Sur in Hobbs, Utah. New Mexico.

“We are always looking for homes for the children and young people who are in foster care and we are just so grateful for the outpouring of the community to want to help in any way,” said Emily Martin , head of the NMCYFD’s protective services division, to Fox News Digital. Tuesday.

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You can find more information on how to become a foster parent on the agency website or by calling 1-800-432-2075, she said.

Inquiries about donations to other children in state care can be made by E-mail. NMCYFD does not accept cash or used items.

All 50 states have “safe haven” laws that allow newborn babies to be dropped off without criminal penalties in designated locations.

“If you’re struggling with a newborn and you can’t care for that baby, the best response is to find someone who can help you at a designated shelter,” Fons said Monday.

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These include the fire and police departments.

Avila’s arraignment is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET Wednesday.

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