Alexis Avila sentenced for leaving newborn baby in dumpster

Alexis Avila (Hobbs Police Department)

A 19-year-old mother in New Mexico will spend more than a decade behind bars for stuffing her newborn baby in a plastic bag full of trash and throwing him in a dumpster behind a mall at the start of Last year. On Friday, a Lea County jury found Alexis Avila guilty of one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of intentional child abuse causing grievous bodily harm, authorities said.

“We are grateful that this jury honored the precious life of this little boy and rejected the defendant’s selfish apology for this crime,” Lea County District Attorney Dianna Luce said in a statement after the verdict. “This verdict proves that children are entitled to the full protection of the law and that wrongdoers who harm children in New Mexico will be vigorously prosecuted.”

On January 7, 2022, Hobbs Police Department officers and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to a 911 call regarding the discovery of a baby in a dumpster located in the 1400 block of N. Thorp behind a Rig Outfitters and Home Store near the state. eastern border with Texas. Arriving at the scene around 8 p.m., first responders found two men standing by the dumpster and a woman sitting inside a vehicle holding the baby, the acting Hobbs police chief said. , August Fons, at a press conference after the discovery.

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