Alexis Avila convicted for leaving newborn in dumpster

Alexis Avila (Hobbs Police Dept.)

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 filled with trash and tossing it into a commercial dumpster behind a shopping mall early last year. A Lea County jury on Friday found Alexis Avila guilty on one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of intentional child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, authorities announced.

“We are thankful that this jury honored the precious life of this baby boy and rejected the defendant’s self-serving excuses 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 hurt children in New Mexico will be prosecuted vigorously.”

Officers with the Hobbs Police Department and Emergency Medical Services personnel on Jan. 7, 2022, responded to a 911 call about a baby being found in a dumpster located in the 1400 block of N. Thorp behind a Rig Outfitters and Home Store near the state’s eastern border with Texas. Upon arriving at the scene at approximately 8 p.m., first responders found two males standing near the dumpster and a female sitting inside a vehicle holding the baby, Hobbs’ interim Police Chief August Fons said during a news conference after the discovery.

Alexis Avila convicted for leaving newborn in dumpster

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