Alexis Avila: Teenager pleads not guilty to dumping newborn

Alexis Avila: Teenager pleads not guilty to dumping newborn
Judge allows house arrest for woman seen in video abandoning an infant

A woman accused of dumping a baby in a dumpster in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and attempted first-degree murder.

Alexis Avila, 18, appeared in court on Wednesday and entered her plea. She was afterwards released under house arrest while awaiting trial.

The resident of Hobbs, a town roughly 260 miles southwest of Albuquerque, reportedly told investigators that she had abandoned her newborn baby.

She was arrested last week after her car appeared in a surveillance video on 7 January throwing a trash bag into a dumpster outside a shopping mall in Hobbs.

“We just found a baby in the god***n trash,” a member of the public could be heard telling 911 dispatchers on 7 January, in audio obtained by obtained by KQRE.

“He’s whimpering, he was not crying actually. I was looking for some stuff in the dumpster and we heard … We heard something I didn’t know it was a baby. Thought it was a cat,” the caller added.

Authorities said Ms Avila had not realised she was pregnant until 6 January, when she began to experience pains and birthed the child shortly after.

Search warrants for her car and family home meanwhile resulted in police locating blood evidence, clothing and a towel. 

The baby has been put into the hands of the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families, who are caring for the infant.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.