Communities Respond to Child Abandonment in Hobbs


HOBBS, New Mexico — The 18-year-old mother who police say threw her baby in the trash will face a judge this Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

The mother’s arrangement has been established in Lovington, New Mexico, but it can be said that a lot of people in the community are very upset.

Rig Outfitters Store owner Joe Imbriale is speaking out after his security camera captured the mother.

Imbriale said: “Knowing there was a child in that bag, I’m sorry, but that’s evil, that’s evil.

Imbriale and the rest of the community were upset about the situation and spoke out after the child was found abandoned in a trash can.

Fortunately, the child was found alive, hours after Avila threw the child in the trash and left. Police say three strangers found the infant, scuba diving.

Hobbs Police Interim Sheriff August Fons said during the department’s press conference, “The baby was wrapped in a dirty, wet towel and he was dried with blood with the umbilical cord still attached to him. ”

Police confirmed Avila was released from Hobbs City Jail after an hour and 18 minutes in custody.

Imbriale emphasized, “the girl spent less time in jail than the baby spent in the trash, how does that make you feel?”

Imbriale is just one of many in the community who are shaking and searching for answers.

“This was the hand of God that protected that child for five and a half hours. Because the police said the baby shouldn’t have survived. I mean, wrapped in a bag, probably suffocated for being an infant,” said Imbriale.

Fortunately, the newborn is still being treated at Lubbock Hospital and is in a stable condition.

Avila is facing charges including attempted first-degree murder and attempted child abuse. She is due to appear in court tomorrow in Lovington, New Mexico. One of our reporters will also be on hand to cover the latest developments on this case.

https://www.yourbasin.com/news/community-reacts-to-hobbs-child-abandonment/ Communities Respond to Child Abandonment in Hobbs

Aila Slisco

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