New Mexico woman accused of throwing baby away faces more charges

Posted at 10:59 AM, March 1, 2022 and last updated 7:45 PM, July 13, 2023

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State prosecutors on Monday filed charges of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse against an 18-year-old Hobbs woman accused of throwing her newborn baby into a trash container two months ago.

The child survived the Jan. 7 incident.

This undated photo provided by the Hobbs Police Department shows Alexis Avila, an 18-year-old Hobbs woman facing charges after police say she abandoned her newborn baby in a dumpster. (Hobbs Police Department)

Alexis Avila, a Hobbs High School student, allegedly put her baby boy in multiple plastic bags filled with trash before throwing the bag into a dumpster in freezing conditions behind a city business.

She pleaded not guilty to charges five days later and a Lea County judge ordered her to house arrest pending her trial.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that Avila was being “bound-over on the crimes of attempted first degree murder and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.”

It was unclear Monday if Avila has a lawyer yet who can speak on her behalf.

Hobbs police have said surveillance video from a business appeared to show Avila throwing a bag into the trash container.

Hours later, three people searching the dumpster found the baby alive and notified police.