New Mexico city installing ‘baby box’ after mom allegedly abandons newborn

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A New Mexico city has announced that it’s preparing to install a “baby box” where infants can be safely surrendered, just days after an 18-year-old mother was arrested in another part of the state for allegedly tossing her newborn into a dumpster. 

The specialized device – which will cost $20,000 to install – could be operating in Española as early as March and would be the first of its kind in New Mexico, according to KRQE. In Hobbs, nearly 300 miles southeast, Alexis Avila is facing charges of attempted murder and child abuse after three Good Samaritans found a newborn baby boy she allegedly abandoned in a dumpster behind a shopping center Friday. 

“We are finally at the point where we’re going to install our first baby box in the Española Fire Station and we are thrilled about that,” Javier Sanchez, mayor of Española, told…

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