A New Mexico woman who allegedly confessed to abandoning her newborn in a dumpster has pleaded not guilty.
Alexis Avila, 18, who police say confessed to deserting her newborn boy in a dumpster behind a mall in Hobbs on Friday, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse, KCBD reported.
A judge ordered Avila, of Hobbs, to stay under house arrest until her trial. She’s also ordered to wear an ankle monitor, barred from using social media and cannot be around any child under the age of 10.
“If you go somewhere, I’ll be notified and you’ll go straight to jail,” Lea County Judge William Shoobridge told Avila during her arraignment.
Police in Hobbs have said the baby was rushed to a hospital after being found in the dumpster Friday. Investigators later retrieved surveillance video that showed Avila pulling a black trash bag out of a car and tossing it into the container, according to charging documents obtained by The Post.
Some six hours later, a woman and two men found the newborn while looking in the dumpster for “anything of value,” police said.
Avila was arrested after being linked to the car spotted at the scene. She told cops she wasn’t aware she was pregnant until Jan. 6, one day before she gave birth, and panicked, police said.
Avila told investigators she cut the child’s umbilical cord, wrapped him in a towel and then put him in a trash bag inside a larger trash bag. She then drove around until she decided to put the newborn into a dumpster near a JCPenney, KCBD reported.
The newborn remained in stable condition as of Tuesday, police said. The child’s paternal grandfather, meanwhile, said his 16-year-old son is the newborn’s father and that their family reportedly wants custody of the boy they’ve named Saul.
“Of course we’re trying to get custody,” Oscar Astorga, 50, told the Daily Mail, claiming his son Stephen, 16, broke up with Avila in August and had no clue she was pregnant.
A public defender for Avila declined to address the allegations Wednesday, KCDB reported.
“We’re grateful for the court’s decision today, but there will be no additional comment as this case makes its way through the justice system,” attorney Martin Wolfson told the station.