HOBBS, NM –– The mother of a baby abandoned in a dumpster on Friday afternoon has been charged with child abuse and attempted murder –– two first-degree felonies.
According to the Hobbs Police Department, on Friday evening officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of N. Thorp St. for reports of a newborn child being found in a dumpster.
The abandoned infant was transported to a local hospital and later transferred to a Lubbock area hospital. The baby is now in stable condition.
Surveillance footage showed the mother of the child, identified as 18-year-old Alexis Avila, leaving the child behind. When questioned by police, Avila "confessed to giving birth to the child at another location and then placing the baby in the dumpster."
Avila will be formally arraigned on Monday, January 10th.
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