Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

AG Balderas and DA Luce Announce that Attempted First Degree Murder and Child Abuse Charges Filed Against Alexis Avila Have Been Bound-over to District Court

For Immediate Release:
February 28, 2022
Contact: Jordan Gutierrez (505) 270-7628

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Dianna Luce announce that Alexis Avila has been bound-over on the crimes of attempted first degree murder and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. Judge William Shoobridge held that the evidence presented provided probable cause to believe that the crimes were committed. Avila, a Hobbs High School student, is accused of placing her newborn child in multiple plastic bags filled with trash before throwing him into a dumpster in freezing conditions behind a Hobbs business.

“We are thankful that this first step towards justice has resulted in a finding of probable cause, and we look forward to trying this case on the merits,” said District Attorney Dianna Luce.”

“We will continue to be a voice for vulnerable children that cannot protect themselves,” said Attorney General Balderas. “We will continue to advocate for the newborn baby and move the case forward to a just resolution.”

Although the Defendant has been bound-over for trial, she is presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial. This case is being prosecuted by District Attorney Dianna Luce in partnership with Assistant Attorneys General Caitlin L. Dillon and Mark Probasco.


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