Alexis Avila, 18, is charged with attempted murder and child abuse for allegedly tossing her newborn child into a dumpster last Friday
The New Mexico teen mom accused of dumping her newborn son in a trashcan will have to stay home until her trial takes place.
Alexis Avila, 18, appeared in court in Lovington, New Mexico, on Wednesday afternoon and was confronted by angry protesters following a hearing to decide if she would be jailed.
Dressed in a black top, gray-green cardigan and a pair of dark blue jeans, Avila was impassive through much of the hearing but wiped away a tear as she heard how her newborn son needed a blood transfusion following five hours in a dumpster.
The court heard how Avila was filmed tossing her child into the dumpster after giving birth in the bathroom of her family home and then drove away.
Witness April Meadow told the court how she had found the baby while dumpster diving with Hector Jusso and Michael Green – describing how the infant was covered in blood, naked and had his umbilical cord still attaches to him.
The New Mexico teen appeared in court in Lovington, New Mexico, on Wednesday afternoon for a hearing to decide if she would be jailed
Judge William Shoobridge decided to release Avila on house arrest while she awaits trial and banned her from having any contact with her infant son
The shocking footage from New Mexico shows Avila tossing her baby into a dumpster in a trash bag at the Broadmoor Shopping Center at around 2pm. The baby was found six hours later
At the end of the two-hour hearing, Judge William Shoobridge decided to release Avila on house arrest – adding that she is only allowed to leave her parents’ home for school, medical treatment and psychological help.
She was also banned from having any contact with her newborn son and also barred from having contact with any males outside of her immediate family.
News of her release on house arrest was met with an angry protest outside court, with approximately 40 locals chanting ‘no justice, no peace’ and screaming that the 18-year-old ‘should have been jailed’.
Protesters also honked horns, waved placards and surged towards the court building as Avila was brought out – surrounding her car briefly before being moved on by cops.
Avila’s parents, mom Martha and dad Domingo, were also surrounded in their car as they left the court.
Avila told cops she did not know she was pregnant until she went to see a doctor for a stomach pain on January 6. She said after giving birth she ‘panicked,’ wrapped her son in a towel, placed him in a white plastic bag containing some trash, and a larger black trash bag, and drove around, before dumping him
Footage from the same camera caught the moment a heroic woman rescued the child from the dumpster
Witness April Meadow told the court how shehad found the baby while dumpster diving with friends – describing how the infant was covered in blood, naked and had his umbilical cord still attached
Avila’s court appearance comes two days after she was arrested and charged with felony attempted murder and child abuse by cops in Hobbs.
The Hobbs High School senior claims she did not know she was pregnant and panicked after giving birth to her little boy – who has since been named Saul by his teenage father Stephen Astorga.
Avila’s mother Martha also police she did not know her daughter was pregnant, with Avila telling cops that she gave birth in the bathroom of her parents’ modest home before dumping her baby in the trash.
On Tuesday, Martha, 47, defended her daughter – telling DailyMail.com that the birth had come as ‘a shock’ in an interview outside her $104,000 home.
She said: ‘People can talk and give their opinion. Everybody makes mistakes. People can preach all they want, they can judge all they want but we only care about the judgment of one.’
The family of Stephen Astorga, (left) 16, said that he had no idea his former girlfriend Alexis Avila (right) was expecting a baby
Avila’s mother Martha, 47, broke her silence Tuesday to defend her daughter and told DailyMail.com that the birth came as ‘a shock’
Avila’s mother told DailyMail.com that the birth came as ‘a shock’ outside her $104,000 home in Hobbs, New Mexico
The news of the birth also came as a shock to the Astorga family who said they plan to fight for custody of Saul, who is currently recovering in hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Oscar Astorga was pictured at his Hobbs, New Mexico home. He said his son, Stephen, 16, and his family want custody of the newborn
According to texts shared with DailyMail.com by a friend of Stephen’s, Avila had told him she was pregnant but claimed she miscarried after they split last summer.
But Avila’s pals have claimed she had been open about her pregnancy at school and stopped coming to class shortly before the Christmas break in mid-December.
Avila was caught on camera dumping her baby in a dumpster at the Broadmoor Mall in Hobbs last Friday afternoon before driving off in her white Volkswagen Jetta.
Dumpster diving heroes April Meadow, 43, Hector Jesso, 63, and Michael Green, 36, told DailyMail.com how they thought they initially thought they had found a cat when they heard whimpering coming from the bin.
Meadow, who was seen in security footage clutching the baby boy to her chest after pulling him out of the trash, said: ‘He was quiet. He was just laying there in a red towel. I said, what the f**k? It’s a baby and [Jesso] started freaking out. I smashed him out of there.’
She added: ‘I thought, ‘that baby ain’t going to stay in a f**king trash sack, it’s going with me’.
‘That blood, that lady’s blood – I didn’t care, I just wanted to hold the baby.
‘I started moving him around because he said to warm him up and he just started crying so I kissed him. I was trying to soothe him.
‘How can you throw a baby away like trash? Take him to a hospital, take him somewhere if you don’t want him.’