A newborn baby was found alive in a dumpster in New Mexico, United States, after spending six hours inside a plastic garbage bag.
On Friday, Jan. 7, the miracle occurred when three people rummaged through dumpsters in a store parking lot looking for something of value and heard the baby’s cries.
Those who found the baby, Michael Green, Hector Jasso, and April Nuttall, said that they first thought it was a kitten, but when they lifted the bag and felt its weight, they realized it was not.
Nuttall pulled the baby out of the bag, who still had blood and the umbilical cord attached, wrapped it in a damp, dirty towel. Green called 911, and police arrived within minutes.
The baby was rushed to a local hospital. Then, by helicopter, he was flown to another clinic in Texas. According to the latest medical report, he is stable and unharmed.
It all happened in the parking lot of the Rig Outfitters store in the city of Hobbs, New Mexico.
According to Fox News, the local police chief, August Fons, called Joe Imbriale, the store owner, around 8:30 p.m., to ask if his security cameras were working correctly and if they could review them so he could see what had happened hours earlier.
Sadly, the CCTV footage from that day shows that around 2:00 P.M., a woman gets out of what appears to be a white VW Vento, takes a bag out of the back seat, and carelessly throws it in the dumpster. Then as if nothing had happened, she gets into the car and drives away.
Fons identified and arrested the owner of the car, 18-year-old Alexis Avila, who turned out to be the baby’s mother.
Ms. Avila confessed to throwing her son in the trash, and authorities have charged her with attempted murder and child abuse.
The mother said she did not know she was pregnant until a week before the baby was born when she went to the doctor for abdominal pains.
The teenager said she severed the relationship with the child’s father, a minor, in August.
Marta Avila, Alexis’ mother, said that the boy beat her, and that is why she kicked him out of the house in June.
Alexis related that she gave birth to the baby in the bathroom of her parent’s house and panicked.
She coldly said that she put the baby in two plastic bags containing garbage and threw it away in the dumpster.
Throughout the interrogation, Alexis referred to her son as ‘it’ and that when police asked her if she realized the baby might have died, the teenager did not respond.
All 50 states in the United States have a law called ‘Safe Haven’ under which all mothers who do not want their children have a place designated by the Department of Health and Human Services to leave them for care.