Last year, a woman in New Mexico left her newborn baby in a trash can. On Monday, officials said she was given a 16-year prison sentence.
Alexis Avila, who is now 19 years old, was found guilty by a jury in April of trying to kill a child and abusing a child in the first degree.
After the accident on January 7, 2022, the baby was found in Hobbs, a city with about 40,000 people in the southeast of the state. The baby made it.
At the time, Avila was 18. She told police that she didn’t know she was pregnant until the day before she gave birth.
The tweet below confirms the news:
KOB showed a recording of what Avila said in court on Monday. She said, “I know what I did was wrong, and the only person I really need to apologize to is my baby.”
Avila could have gone to jail for up to 18 years. In a statement, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce called it “a particularly terrible crime.”
After five hours in the trash can in cold weather, Luce said, people walking by found the baby.
People can take babies up to 90 days old to “safe haven sites” in New Mexico without being charged with abandoning them.
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