A newborn baby who was allegedly tossed in a dumpster by his mother on Friday remains in stable condition, as police and authorities collect non-monetary donations for the child.
Meanwhile, new details about the disturbing case continue to emerge, including news that the paternal grandfather is reportedly seeking custody of the child.
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The Hobbs Police Department in Hobbs, New Mexico, released a statement on Tuesday that offered a brief update on the baby as well as information for anyone wishing to donate items.
“For those wishing to make donations to benefit the affected child [you] may do so at the New Mexico Children Youth & Families Department’s office at 907 West Calle Sur, Hobbs, New Mexico,” the statement read.
Money isn’t currently being accepted nor are used items, but those interested are invited to offer “gift cards and new items such as toys, clothes, diapers, hygiene products, etc.”
Faithwire spoke with a representative of the New Mexico Children Youth & Families Department’s office on Wednesday, who said many inquiries have been made on the donation front, but the individual did not yet have a report on how many items had come in.
As previously reported, authorities allege Alexis Avila, 18, of New Mexico, tossed her newborn child in a dumpster last Friday. Investigators said she claims she didn’t know she was pregnant before visiting a doctor after experiencing abdominal pains just before the birth.
Despite a potentially deadly situation, the baby boy — who has reportedly been named Saul by his 16-year-old dad — was miraculously found Friday night when three people started dumpster diving in search of something valuable.
The group discovered the unthinkable after hearing cries from within the large trash receptacle: a baby in a garbage bag with the umbilical cord still attached. The child had reportedly been in the trash for six hours.
“Upon arrival, officers rendered aid to the newborn child and the baby was transported to a local hospital by Hobbs EMS, the statement read. “The child was subsequently transported to a Lubbock Hospital for further pediatric treatment.”
Avila’s mother, Martha, reportedly spoke with the Daily Mail, purportedly defending her daughter and stating the pregnancy was a shock.
“People can talk and give their opinion. Everybody makes mistakes,” she is quoted as stating. “People can preach all they want, they can judge all they want but we only care about the judgment of one.”
Whether Avila knew of the pregnancy before the birth appears to be a major part of the ongoing saga. Daily Mail has more:
According to texts shared with DailyMail.com by a friend of the 16-year-old, Avila had told him she was pregnant but claimed she miscarried after they split last summer.
But friends of Avila’s said she had been open about her pregnancy at school and stopped coming to class shortly before the Christmas break in mid-December.
Both Avila and her mother Martha told police they did not know she was pregnant, with Avila telling cops that she gave birth in the bathroom of her parents’ modest home last Thursday and panicked before dumping her baby in the trash.
The Daily Mail later reported that a man named Oscar Astorga, 50, said his son, Stephen, is the father and that the family is seeking custody.
“He is my grandson,” he said. “That’s why we can’t comment on anything because we’re trying to get my grandson.”
Read more about the tragic situation here. Avila is scheduled for her first court hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
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