According to reports, the mom of the 18-year-old teen caught on surveillance video throwing her newborn baby in a dumpster has defended her daughter. “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 woman reportedly said.
The 41-year-old woman from New Mexico, Martha Avila, is defending her 18-year-old daughter, Alexis, even though the teen reportedly left the newborn for dead when she dumped the child at a Hobbs area workplace dumpster last Friday. Miraculously the child survived after dumpster divers came across the child six hours later, according to reports.
It remains unclear why the 18-year-old teen declined to simply turn the newborn to authorities under that state’s mandate. According to reports, the Safe Haven Law allows newborns to be placed with the state up to 90 days of birth, without fear of prosecution.
The 41-year-old mother reportedly 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.”
Alexis’ ex-boyfriend and the alleged father of the newborn baby, Stephen Astorga, told investigators that he had no idea that the baby had been born and was led to believe Alexis had a miscarriage.
Astorga’s uncle reportedly said: “Stephen’s dad isn’t the type to give up on a family member. He won’t let that baby be without a home. It’s been a big shock for us all. We only found out about the baby last night.”
Both Alexis and her 41-year-old mother reportedly told investigators that ‘they did not know she was pregnant, according to reports.
During an interview with investigators, Alexis reportedly said that she gave birth in the bathroom of her parents’ home last Thursday and panicked before dumping her baby in the trash later that day.
It remains unclear whether the teen’s family were aware that Alexis was pregnant and whether they were aware that she had sought to abandon the newborn.
This incident remains under investigation. This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.