New Mexico mother pleads not guilty to dumping newborn in dumpster


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…

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